International dialogue between research and practice

Competences for vocational education and training that is fit for the future International dialogue: Participation in an international conference staged in conjunction with the 2015 WorldSkills in São Paulo afforded Professor Reinhold Weiß from the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training an opportunity to conduct discussions on strategic international cooperation agreements and on the…


No employability of older workers without Continuous Vocational Training

European member states struggle to finance their social security system. Therefore, pensionable age must be raised. People have to work longer. But to  meet this challenge, we   have to change our  perception of career development  and  the  view  of learning and training. How can we keep 50+ workers in the labor market? To solve the …

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Germany – culture of welcome for international professionals well on the way

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) have presented a first evaluation of implementation of the current immigration law for foreign professionals Wirkungsanalyse des rechtlichen Rahmens für ausländische Fachkräfte (impact analysis of the legal framework for foreign professionals). ’Germany is well on its way…


Spain – skills investment in European textile, clothing, leather and footwear (TCLF) sectors

  On 28 November 2014, social partners, skills council partners, European Commission representatives and TCLF sector stakeholders gathered in Brussels for presentation of the TCLF 2014 report. Spain joined the council this year through participation of Fundación Tripartita para la Formación en el Empleo (Tripartite Foundation for Training in Employment). At the conference, European social…


Lufthansa Technical Training and APFT Maintenance Training sign five-year training agreement

Lufthansa Technical Training (LTT) and the APFT Maintenance Training (APFT) aviation school have just signed a contract for training aviation technicians in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The programme begins January 2015, and the companies estimate that in five years they will train 400 APFT students as European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)-qualified aircraft mechanics. Dato Faruk Othmann,…