Cedefop policy learning forum (PLF) on apprenticeships

07/09/2017 09:00:00 - 08/09/2017 16:30:00

The first policy learning forums (PLFs) on apprenticeships is linked to the thematic country reviews on apprenticeships (TCRs), which Cedefop launched in 2014. With the TCRs Cedefop supports cooperation at European level among Member States and interacts with individual countries that wish to develop quality apprenticeships, in line with EU policies. 

Cedefop’s PLFs are an opportunity for countries to generate knowledge and they act as a site of consensus-building around shared problems. The 2017 PLF on apprenticeships addresses the countries that are involved at different stages in the TCRs and flash TCRs on apprenticeships, or that expressed their interest to participate. Stakeholders and national experts directly involved in the TCR exercises have been invited to contribute to the PLF.

This PLF will take place in Cedefop (Thessaloniki, Greece) on 7 and 8 September.


UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning - 3rd International Conference on Learning Cities

18/09/2017 00:00:00 - 20/09/2017 23:00:00

Third International Conference on Learning Cities

Date: 18 September 2017 to 20 September 2017
Where: Cork (Ireland)

Learning Cities play a central role in promoting lifelong learning at local levels, thereby stimulating sustainable development. The third International Conference on Learning Cities will take place in Cork, Ireland from 18 to 20 September 2017. The conference comes at a critical time in global development with countries working towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to which cities have a significant contribution to make.

The conference will provide a platform for cities to share knowledge, exchange ideas and compare strategies and approaches that can be used to further develop or initiate development of learning cities. Participants will discuss the development of learning cities in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly the local implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims to ‘ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’.  

This is the first time that such a major international conference in this field is to be held in Europe. The open, vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Cork offers an excellent setting for the conference. Known as the gateway to the south of Ireland, Cork is a destination to experience the best of traditional Irish culture and a warm welcome from the people. Cork city is also ideally located for exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside of County Cork.


1st European guidance week (Estonian Ministry of Education and Research, Cedefop and Foundation Innove)

26/09/2017 09:00:00 - 29/09/2017 16:00:00

The Estonian Ministry of Education and Research, Cedefop and Foundation Innove are co-organising the first European guidance week, in Tallinn on 26-29 September.

The week is planned as part of Estonia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second semester of 2017. The overall theme will be innovative information and communication technologies (ICT) and future cooperation in the field of lifelong guidance. The aim is to:

share innovative ICT practices;

disseminate tools and initiatives to support the development of lifelong guidance ICT capacity;

and facilitate future cooperation at European level.

The programme will integrate the most relevant events on lifelong guidance at European level, including a thematic EU Presidency conference, the first meeting of Cedefop’s expert group in guidance, CareersNet, and a Euroguidance meeting.

Around 200 participants involved in European, national and regional lifelong guidance policy and practice will attend the 7th EU Presidency conference on lifelong guidance policy, co-organised by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research, Cedefop and Foundation Innove. During the conference Cedefop will offer workshops to pilot and test its upcoming tools for guidance practitioners and careers service managers, including a handbook on transferability of practices, a practitioners’ toolkit and training modules.

You can find the draft agenda, event information and information about accommodation and local transport on the official website of the European guidance week.


EfVET International Annual Conference 2017 "Work & Education aligned to the future"

25/10/2017 09:00:00 - 28/10/2017 16:00:00

Work & Education aligned to the future

Our Conference is highly interactive, providing considerable opportunity to network and find new partnerships. By popular demand, the mobility marketplace is back providing delegates with a forum session to meet prospective new partners in the promotion and implementation of transnational mobility (Erasmus + Key Action 1) and share ideas and partnership (under Erasmus + Key Action 2 – Strategic Partnership).

 


Conference/peer learning activity on the impact of NQFs

09/11/2017 09:00:00 - 10/11/2017 16:00:00

Cedefop, in cooperation with the European Commission and Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), invites to a conference/peer learning activity on the issue of national qualifications framework (NQF) impact. The purpose of the event is to stimulate an open and critical reflection on the current and future role of NQFs.

Do national qualifications frameworks (NQFs) make a difference – how to measure and evaluate impact of NQFs?

NQF developments in Europe have been rapid. Before 2005, qualifications frameworks were in place in 3 European countries – in France, Ireland and UK. By 2017, NQFs have been introduced by all 39 countries taking part in the implementation of the EQF.        

Given that these NQFs are increasingly operational, questions regarding their added value and their impact are timely. 

Participants are expected to contribute actively to the event and conclusions from the different working sessions will be brought together in a final note to be discussed by the EQF Advisory Group. Information on registration will follow in September

More info: http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/en/news-and-press/news/save-date-conferencepeer-learning-activity-impact-nqfs 


European Vocational Skills Week 2017

20/11/2017 09:00:00 - 24/11/2017 16:00:00

Do come and join the European Commission's Second European Vocational Skills Week on 20-24 November 2017!

The Week will build on the considerable success of last year's Week, by focussing again on a clear message that excellent vocational education and training (VET) can be a path to an equally good career to that available through traditional education routes. This message will be showcased through a number of meetings in Brussels on 22-24 November and all sorts of events/activities across Europe that we will associate with the Week from September to December 2017. The meetings in Brussels will include a VET Day (22/11), an enterprise-education summit to mark the completion of the European Pact for Youth (23/11), and a colourful closing event including an award ceremony (24/11). On 20 and 21 November, we envisage opening events at national level, and a national level "Employers Day" respectively.

The webpage (http://ec.europa.eu/vocational-skills-week) will include an electronic registration system for national, regional or local events/activities that we can showcase (once quality-controlled) on a map. This will give you visibility and you are at liberty to use the visual identity for the European Vocational Skills Week. Another main activity will be a focussed communication campaign across Europe, including production of videos and brochures, and significant on-line social and traditional media promotion. The campaign can help you with your own awareness-raising.

The European Commission recognises that they need to do more to reach out to regional and local stakeholders especially, since we take all VET opportunities seriously. Do get involved:

- The Commision puts your names on our Week contacts list, and every time you receive an email from them, you act on it and/or pass it on to your relevant correspondents

- You organise your own VET events to take place between September and December 2017, and apply to register them on our electronic map

- You join a Week-associated event near you

- You use social media to spread the message.

Look at http://ec.europa.eu/vocational-skills-week)


EARLALL Board + General Assembly

21/11/2017 09:30:00 - 21/11/2017 17:00:00


Project Development Workshop: Teachers and Trainers of Tomorrow

30/11/2017 17:00:00 - 01/12/2017 15:30:00


 
Do you have a great idea for an innovative European Project on tackling challenges related to the professional development of teachers and trainers? Does it align with the recent EU communication on "School Development and Excellent Teaching for a Great Start in Life"?
Whether it is in higher education, school or vocational education and training, adult education, youth or sports, get ready to develop your Erasmus+ project proposal and benefit from EU funding. Let's shape the Teachers and Trainers of Tomorrow!
 
Pin down Thursday 30 November and Friday 1 December 2017 in your calendar!
You will get a unique insight into the Commission’s new priority on professional development in the 2018 Erasmus+ programmes and meet European partners for your project idea.

 
Build your European consortium for the upcoming calls for proposals related to the professional development of teachers and trainers:

Erasmus+ Key Action 2: Innovation and Good Practices

Erasmus+ Key Action 3: Policy reforms

Erasmus+ Sport

How does it work? 

Find European partners for your next project on tackling skills challenges
 
Do you want to submit a proposal as a project leader? Please fill in the form by 15 September 2017. This form should only be completed by potential project promoters who have a clear project idea and who are willing to act as a project leader under Erasmus+ KA2, KA3 or Sport calls.
Submit your project idea now (deadline 15 September 23.59 CET)

You will be notified in the second half of September 2017 whether your project idea has been selected to participate in the project development workshop*, and by the end of September we will distribute the best project ideas among potential partners. Interested partners will be able to sign up for the project development workshop until October 23rd, and project leaders will select themselves the best partners for their project. An e-confirmation of participation will be sent later in October.

To warm up, you can participate in an afternoon seminar and cocktail reception on Thursday 30 November. During the evening networking cocktail you will have the opportunity to exchange your views with experts on education and policy officers of the European Commission, as well as to network with potential partners. Please note that the ReSET group does not cover travel or accommodation expenses.

On Friday 1 December, project leaders will prepare and lead their own workshop, presenting their ideas in roundtables with the partners that they will have selected beforehand. Still unsure about what will happen? Check out last year's PDW in our presentation video!
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This event is a co-organisation of the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the EUEARLALLthe Liaison agency Flanders-Europe (vleva), the West-Finland European OfficeSouth Denmark European OfficeCentral Denmark EU Office, and the Lifelong Learning Platform. Both the cocktail reception and the workshops will take place in Brussels. 
 
Get ideas for your project!
 
The knowledge, skills and attitudes of each of Europe's 6 million teachers are of great importance. The quality of their teaching has a direct effect upon learners’ attainment.
The demands made on teachers, school leaders, and teacher educators are increasing and changing. They are called on to play a key role in modernising education. To do that, they need to develop their own competences. Initial education and continuous professional development of the highest quality, and access to support throughout their careers are both essential.

Read more about what the Commission has been doing so far (as well as the advice of Cedefop for VET teachers)

Topic

The main topic of the PDW will be professional development of teachers and trainers in all educational sectors (early childhood education, school education, VET, higher education, adult education) and training. 


Sub-topics

Strengthening the profile of the teaching profession and making their career more attractive

Diversity and inclusion in the classroom and promoting citizenship and common fundamental values

Promotion of high-quality and innovative teaching in all educational sectors and training

Strengthening distributed leadership at school and teacher leadership for learning

…any other fitting into the priorities!

We are looking forward to reading your project idea! 
 
Kind regards,
 
ReSET PDW Task Force pdwtaskforce@gmail.com 

 
Karen Vandersickel – Liaison agency Flanders-Europe karen.vandersickel@vleva.eu
Hanne De Roo - Liaison Agency Flanders-Europe hanne.deroo@vleva.eu 
Ulrike Conrad – Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the EU ulrike.conrad@bruessel.bwl.de
Jugatx Ortiz – EARLALL earlall@earlall.eu
Anne-Maria Mäkelä – West Finland European Office anne-maria.makela@westfinland.be
Julie Sand Jørgensen – Central Denmark EU Office jsj@centraldenmark.eu
Henriette Hansen – South Denmark European Office hha@southdenmark.be
Ulla-Alexandra Mattl - Lifelong Learning Platform ulla-alexandra.mattl@lllplatform.eu

Submit your project idea now!

*Please note that this workshop is a partnering event. The organisation cannot guarantee that your project idea will be selected for EU-funding.