A European quality framework for apprenticeships

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) launched a European quality framework for apprenticeships at a conference on 14 April. Cedefop Director James Calleja praised the initiative saying that the focus on quality emphasises the need for high standards, a professional approach and a relevant context in which learners experience a combination of real work and…

European Alliance

European Alliance for Apprenticeships

The European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA) is a unique platform which brings together governments with other key stakeholders, like businesses, social partners, chambers, vocational education and training (VET) providers, regions, youth representatives or think tanks. The common goal is to strengthen the quality, supply and image of apprenticeships in Europe. Moreover, the first on-line survey…


Microlearning: Less About Time, More About Focus

  How can you learn anything in 60-seconds? This is the most commonly asked question about microlearning and its training value in today’s workforce. In a broad sense, microlearning is successful in many of the same ways traditional learning has proven effective. Microlearning does not disregard good learning design principles, but instead determines the tasks…


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 …