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Engaging the Workforce via Knowledge and Application

Workforce development has evolved from quick verbal conversations wedged between production downtimes into mature programs over the last several decades. These programs incorporate custom, industry-specific content, adult learning sciences and interactive technology to engage the learners. Comprehension is measured and documented in ways that meet the criteria of customers, auditors and regulators alike. Today’s robust…

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Educational mobility starts to slow in industrialised world

Access to education continues to expand worldwide but the socio-economic divisions between tertiary-educated adults and the rest of society are growing. Governments must do more to ensure that everyone has the same opportunity to a good education early in life, according to a new OECD report. Education at a Glance 2014 says that educational mobility…

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Replacing the Employee Performance Review via Gamification

Traditional employee performance reviews, full of hindsight assessments and assumptions, are often a waste of time. The secret to extracting productive performance metrics is to engage employees and conducting reviews constantly. Unfortunately, most employers aren’t willing to make employee engagement a priority. With 70 percent of U.S. workers reporting that they are unengaged at work,…

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Developing Effective Innovation Trainers

Exceptional innovation trainers can propel an organization toward breakthrough innovations. They teach teams how to culture-shift, push beyond creative blocks, and streamline the innovation process. The best ones are also engaging storytellers who have firsthand experience with innovation. But how can you discern an expert trainer from a master of hype before investing in a…

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Valuing diversity: guidance for labour market integration of migrants

Arguing for guidance to ease the integration of third country immigrants into the European labour market may seem untimely given today’s high youth unemployment, but anticipating future developments and informing policy-makers are one of Cedefop’s main tasks.  Although labour demand will continue to be weak in the coming years, Cedefop’s skill forecasts point to another…

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Invest in more good quality and innovative job

‘Europe’s true problem is not one of a deficit of skills, but primarily a deficit of creation of good quality jobs,’ Cedefop Director James Calleja told the European Parliament of Enterprises on 16 October in Brussels. In his statement on skills mismatch and youth unemployment, Mr Calleja said that most of Europe’s unemployment is cyclical,…

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The Spanish training system: a qualitative analysis

1. Conceptual framework 1.1. The state vocational training system in Spain 1.2.  Assessing CVT: a definition and conceptual model 1.3. Training Transfer Assessment 1.4. Training Impact Assessment 2. Methodology 2.1. Procedure 2.2. Sample 2.3. Instruments i. Discussion groupsii. In-depth interviewsiii. Delphi Panel 2.4. Data analysis3. Results4. ConclusionsAnnexReferences     1. Conceptual framework   1.1. The…


Vocational education and training: a road to excellence

The issue of permeability between different sections of education was the subject of two speeches Cedefop Director James Calleja gave at international conferences in September. At the international congress on vocational and professional education and training in Winterthur (Switzerland) on 16 September, Mr Calleja addressed the question of whether vocational education and training (VET) is…


The Manager’s Communication Toolbox

The Manager’s Communication Toolbox focuses on management development by improving communication for new managers as well as more experienced professionals. Like a star baseball player, every good manager should aim to be a five-tool expert. Reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking are basic skills for any employee, but the manager who stands out is the manager…


More country apprenticeship reviews to be conducted by Cedefop in 2015

‘With our limited resources we will try to come closer to the Member States and work with them to push vocational education and training (VET) reform further,’ Cedefop Director James Calleja told the first validation workshop of the agency’s review of Lithuania’s and Malta’s apprenticeship systems. The workshop, held in Thessaloniki on 8 and 9…