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Cedefop launches online toolkit for tackling early leaving

A new online toolkit for tackling early leaving from education and training was launched at Cedefop’s policy learning forum on vocational education and training (VET) as a solution to leaving education early (16-17/5) in Thessaloniki. The Europe-wide toolkit provides practical guidance, tips, good practice and tools to assist policy-makers and education and training providers in…


Jobs of the Future: Data Analysis Skills

Jobs of the future. The purpose of this research is to inform workforce planning efforts for jobs of the future—occupations that are predicted to grow over the next 5-10 years. The report, sponsored by the American Statistical Association, covers the supply and demand for data analysis skills, the function and types of employees needed for these…


Skills Shortages, Noncompetitive Pay Cause Recruiting Woes in 2016

Robin Harpe, SHRM-SCP, is hunting for those elusive purple squirrels—the job seekers who have all the right skills, education and experience to fill positions for the industrial clients that her recruiting firm in Atlanta serves. «Jobs are plentiful, but we still have two main issues,» Harpe said. «Either the candidates aren’t qualified, or they’re qualified…


2nd policy learning forum on defining and writing learning outcomes for VET qualifications

Cedefop’s 2nd “Policy Learning Forum on defining and writing of learning outcomes for VET qualifications” will be held at Cedefop’s premises in Thessaloniki, Greece, on 13 and 14 October 2016. Building on the positive outcomes of the first PLF organised in 2015, our aim is to strengthen the exchange of experiences related to the writing…



THE EUROPEAN VOCATIONAL SKILLS WEEK 5 TO 9 DECEMBER 2016 WHAT IT IS ABOUT? Vocational education and training (VET) is evolving in exciting ways all across Europe. The European Commission organises the first European Vocational Skills Week to inspire people to discover and use their talent through vocational training. We want to showcase high-quality VET…


Skills: the new language of education and training

Cedefop Director James Calleja and Head of Department for VET Systems and Institutions Loukas Zahilas were keynote speakers in College and Institutes Canada’s (CICAN’s) 45th annual conference in Quebec City on 29 to 31 May. Addressing over 820 vocational education and training (VET) practitioners, the Cedefop Director said that ‘to improve the image of VET,…


Skills agenda: 10 actions to help equip people in Europe with better skills

The European Commission adopted on 10 June a new and comprehensive skills agenda for Europe. The aim is to ensure that people develop a broad set of skills from early on in life and to make the most of Europe’s human capital, which will ultimately boost employability, competitiveness and growth in Europe. The New skills…