CEDEFOP Policy learning forum: Vocational training for the long-term unemployed
15/06/2017 09:00:00 - 16/06/2017 17:00:00
Event rationale and objectives
The economic downturn has led to a marked increase in long-term unemployment (LTU). In 2015 there were almost 4 million more European citizens out of work for more than one year compared to 2007. Although recently employment growth has somewhat improved, in 2015 nearly half of the jobless in the EU were long-term unemployed, affecting almost 11 million people (4.5% of the active EU population). Close to two-thirds of them (6.8 million) have been out of work for more than two years (so-called very long-term unemployed, VLTU).
Addressing long-term unemployment is one of the key challenges of the EU’s jobs and growth agenda, as its persistence and higher risk of skills deterioration are barriers to labour market integration and lead to social exclusion. The recent Council recommendation on the labour market integration of the long-term unemployed and the European Commission’s New Skills Agenda for Europe call for a multi-faceted strategy that combines macroeconomic policy with better activation and skills policies. Such policies should include better skills profiling and validation, identification of skill needs in the local economy and targeted training combined with individualized career guidance and counselling. They depart from ‘work-first’ approaches to activation.
The aim of the policy learning forum (PLF) is to inform approaches to VET within activation measures that put skill matching centre stage. The forum will seek to ‘put policy into practice’ by moving beyond theory and empirical analysis and towards a deeper understanding of features, mechanisms and triggers underpinning effectiveness of innovative examples from across the EU. The PLF will serve as a platform for debate and mutual learning for key stakeholders involved in the design and delivery of VET and skill matching programs as part of activation policies.
The PLF will build on Cedefop’s recent publication on ‘Tackling unemployment while addressing skill mismatch: Lessons from policy and practice in EU countries’
International Conference Future of Education
08/06/2017 09:00:00 - 09/06/2017 16:00:00
8 - 9 June 2017
The seventh edition of The Future of Education aims to promote transnational cooperation and share good practice in the field of innovation for Education. The Conference brings together teachers, researchers, practitioners and project managers from all over the world to share findings, expertise and experience about innovative teaching and learning methodologies.
The conference is an excellent opportunity for the presentation of previous and current educational projects.
Education and Business Cooperation in Baden-Württemberg: Providing young people a successful transition into the labour market
01/06/2017 12:00:00 - 01/06/2017 14:30:00
Lunch debate "Education and Business Cooperation in Baden-Württemberg: Providing young people a successful transition into the labour market"
ESF Transnational Platform's Conference 'Inspiration, Practice and Future"
01/06/2017 09:00:00 - 02/06/2017 18:00:00
The annual event of the ESF Transnational Platform will happen this year in Brussels on 1 and 2 June. This date will be the key moment for our community to take stock of what we have learned throughout this second year of activity, to work across the themes of our nine Networks, and also to explore new ways to strengthen transnational cooperation and to enhance the impact of the ESF.
The conference will bring together 250 participants – from ESF Managing Authorities and Intermediate Bodies, public authorities in charge of policy frameworks, social partners and NGOs working in countries or at European level, European Commission’s officers and the AEIDL team in charge of the Platform.
Please read the programme overview (pdf).
We will put together an enriching event, in which everyone has a chance to share their experience, comment on ESF and policy developments and learn from each other. To do so, you will be offered a dozen workshops where you can work interactively, inspirational sessions about the future of inclusion in a time of social investment, of training and work and of policy-making. Of course, the topical issues related to the ESF and to transnational cooperation will be at the core of our discussions. In particular, we aim make a push on transnational calls for proposals and on improving support to social innovation.
The ESF Transnational Platform's first seminar was held in June 2016, and featured many discussions at the crossroads between different Thematic Networks. We hope you will enjoy the new edition at least as much as you did last year!
We are looking forward to meeting you in Brussels on 1-2 June. You should receive an invitation shortly. Travel and accommodation will be organised directly by the contractors of the European Commission. Please do not book anything by yourself since we could not reimburse you. If you think you are not already in our contact list and the event is of interest for you, please contact us at email@example.com.
AEIDL on behalf of the European Commission
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Rue Gineste 3
Lifelong Learning Platform Annual Confernece "Education in a Digital World"
31/05/2017 09:00:00 - 01/06/2017 17:00:00
The LLLPlatform will be holding its Annual Conference 2017 in Estonia on the theme of Education in the Digital World. The Conference will take place on 31 may and 1 June. This event will call on participants to question the influence of digital technologies on pedagogy: how new technologies transform the teaching and learning experience, how education should adapt to deliver new and future skills, and more generally, how educational policies are designed in the digital era. Stay tuned for more information!
Concept / Programme / Registrations / Speakers / Digital Fair / Visit Tallinn
Digitalisation is ever growing and will inevitably affect all sectors. Yet we still struggle to understand the extent of it and few are fully prepared for it: there is a change in the nature of the race between man and the machine, and the machine is running faster. The challenge of education in a digital world commands us to open education as widely as possible to include all, through flexible pathways and innovative thinking in order to enable all to adapt to yet unknown developments. How can lifelong learning answer these challenges in order to insure universal access to digital education?
One of the first visible issues is the skills gap between labour market needs and the digital competences learners have; the additional digital skills required mean low skilled jobs are being replaced by medium to high skilled jobs; qualifications delivered by educational institutions do not correspond to the qualifications sought after in the labour market… But more broadly, if this skills gap has obvious repercussions on employment, digitalisation is affecting all areas of life: from booking a plane ticket to paying their taxes, citizens are nowadays required to be digitally proficient in order to participate in society. The transformations generated by the development of new technologies are indeed so overarching that digital skills have become life skills. It is thus imperative to reflect on these new challenges from an inclusiveness perspective, in order to ensure universal access of all, and consequently, adopt a lifelong learning approach.
How does education, in its multiple forms, adapt to this new reality? Digitalising education is often presented as the panacea to tackle these issues. Progressively, teachers are being encouraged to use digital devices in their classrooms, because learners must become digitally literate to live in today’s world, but also because these tools may improve the learning process and teaching methods. Digitalisation also allows to open up the classroom and bring education to the learner wherever she/he is and whoever she/he is.
These changes brought by digitalisation are affecting education as a whole. In this new context, what is the place of the learner, the educator and technology? How are learning environments (from home, to classroom, to community) affected by it? Should we, and how may we equip all learners with digital devices to ensure they develop digital skills? How do we ensure learners remain independent from the tool? The digital world is opening access to new forms of education and learning yet remains inaccessible to many: who are they? Why is this a European challenge and what is the added-value of seeking solutions within the European Union? Starting with these questions, the Lifelong Learning Platform will invite participants to question the ways in which we can ensure all learners have access to the education they need, to grow and understand the digital world, and how lifelong learning will support them in seizing new opportunities and fully participating in society.
The Conference will serve as a knowledge-building event, with the long-term aim of designing together a common special Digital Agenda for Education.
Europe, talent and the future of work: Employability in the face of technological disruption
30/05/2017 12:00:00 - 30/05/2017 14:00:00
With youth unemployment still high in Europe, many companies report difficulties in attracting talent with the right skills. Employers and candidates alike realise that education has not prepared them well enough for the challenges and opportunities of today’s labour market. The European Commission, through its flagship Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) and the European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA), tries to make a difference.
The 2017 Global Talent Competitiveness Index, published by INSEAD and The Adecco Group, shows that countries and cities that invest in effective talent strategies successfully tackle unemployment. Close collaboration between public and private partners and investment in innovative education is essential to foster talent. Stakeholders should ensure implementation of project based and experiential learning, while developing apprenticeships and internships that meet high quality standards and keep ahead of advances in technology.
EURACTIV invites you to this workshop to explore the future of quality training for young people and discuss issues such as:
- What are the main obstacles for young people in entering the job market? How can they gain the necessary skills and access quality training?
- What are the best practices for “talent readiness for technology”? How to replicate and adapt the “recipe for success”?
- How can the gap between education and employment be bridged? Should school and universities play a bigger role in preparing young people with more work-based training and skills?
- How to increase the number of available apprenticeships for young people? What role for the EU institutions? What should employers do?
- Are institutional tools sufficient or should they be further strengthened?
Mission of Switzerland to the EU
Place du Luxembourg 1, 1050 Brussels
HE Ambassador Urs Bucher, Head of Mission of Switzerland to the EU
Bettina Schaller, Director Group Public Affairs, The Adecco Group
Rodrigo Ballester, Member of Tibor Navracsics’s Cabinet, European Commission
Ilhan Kyuchyuk MEP, Shadow Rapporteur for Follow-up of the Strategic Framework for European Cooperation in Education and Training (ET2020), European Parliament
Allan Päll, Secretary General, European Youth Forum
Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director of Global Indices, INSEAD
Gaël Salomon, Managing Director, Customer Solutions, The Adecco Group France
12:00 – 12:30 Registration and networking lunch
12:30 – 13:00 Opening statements
13:00 – 14:00 Open debate and Q&A
European Alliance for Appenticeships, High-level event
30/05/2017 09:00:00 - 31/05/2017 17:00:00
5th World Forum for Lifelong Learning: Continuous Education for Sustainable Development
25/05/2017 09:00:00 - 27/05/2017 17:00:00
Lenexpo Exhibition Complex
Prospekt Bolshoy V.O., 103
With the support of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) and the International Center for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (UNESCO-UNEVOC, HONKONG) the 5th World Forum and15th International Conference for Lifelong Learning - Lifelong Education and Learning for Sustainable Development: an Integrated Approach will take place in Saint-Petersburg, 25-26-27 May 2017.The main objectives are:
1. Discuss key aspects of lifelong learning and education in the perspective of sustainable development.
2. Innovate concepts and practices in application of United Nations principles of lifelong learning and education for sustainable development.
3. Reinforce international multidisciplinary and multicultural cooperation among different actors on diverse levels and modalities (formal and informal) of the education system – such as higher education (educators, researchers and administrators) – as well as of civil society and the private sector.
4. Encourage the creation of local, national, regional and international networks to promote lifelong learning and education in order to achieve sustainable development goals.
5. Develop recommendations to UNESCO and other specialized agencies (within and out of the United Nations system), governments, the international education community and civil society.
1. Key aspects of lifelong learning and education for sustainable development are identified.
2. Innovative concepts and practices of lifelong learning and education for sustainable development are documented.
3. New forms of cooperation between relevant Lifelong Learning and Education actors are established.
4. A set of recommendations addressed to UNESCO and other agencies and actors are formulated.
More information about LSU and 5th Forum (in Russian): http://5worldforum.ru
The French, English and Spanish 5th Forum websites are under construction.
CEDEFOP Policy learning forum: VET as a solution to leaving education early
16/05/2017 09:00:00 - 17/05/2017 17:00:00
Welcome to Cedefop policy learning forum “VET as a solution to leaving education early” #VETearlyleaving that will take place on 16-17 May 2017 at Cedefop headquarters in Thessaloniki.
This policy learning form (PLF) will involve the participation of approximately 80 national, regional and local policy makers, institutional level actors and social partners from different countries, as well as representatives from European and international organisations involved in the design and implementation of measures to tackle early leaving from education and training (ELET).
Event rationale and aims
The PLF will focus on the contribution that VET can make to reducing early leaving from education and training.
VET institutions in some countries tend to be faced with high rates of drop outs. However, high quality, inclusive and flexible VET provision may prevent and remedy leaving education early. Cedefop study Leaving education early: Putting Vocational Education and Training (VET) centre stage shows that VET can be a safety net for those at-risk learners in general education offering an alternative pathway and securing their retention in education and training. Also, VET offering a more practical, work-oriented route towards a qualification can magnetize early leavers back to education and training.
Facing up to early leaving from education and training requires a better understanding and close monitoring of the phenomenon; streamlining of existing initiatives; and a strategic alliance between policy-makers, educators, employers, trade unions and civil society. To this end, Cedefop supports evidence-based policy making through research and peer learning, and launches a new Europe-wide toolkit to support the design, implementation and evaluation of VET policies to tackle early leaving.
The aims of the policy learning forum include:
- learning from the findings of the above mentioned Cedefop study and pilot the associated web-based toolkit;
- enabling participants to use Cedefop evaluation tools to assess strengths and weaknesses of their policies (at national, regional or institutional level);
- providing an opportunity to learn from others who are working in the same field through a poster exhibition on good practices from different European countries as well as panel discussions with key international experts;
- identifying common strengths and weaknesses and recommending possible training needs or areas for further research in the future;
- committing those taking part to disseminate the toolkit at national and international levels;
- creating a network of high level experts working on inclusive VET policies.
The PLF will require active participation from all participants involved in dialogue, good practice description in the form of a poster exhibition and exchange of experiences in the plenary sessions as well as in working groups.
The event will be organised around plenary and parallel working group sessions according to the three following aspects of ELET:
- Identification: identifying those at risk of early leaving and identifying and monitoring those who have already dropped out;
- Intervention: measures to tackle early leaving;
- Evaluation: evaluating measures to identify what works and for whom.
During the event, participants will have the opportunity to pilot the new electronic toolkit, inspired by VET practices, providing guidance, good practices and tools to help tackle ELET.
We hope that you enjoy and find this event fruitful,
Dr Irene Psifidou Irene Psifidou
Cedefop expert responsible for this event
Project Development Workshop - In 2017, Skills will be Key
08/12/2016 00:00:00 - 09/12/2016 23:30:00
On Thursday 8 and Friday 9 December 2016 EARLALL, together with partner regions and orgaisations, is organising a Project Development Workshop for the upcoming call for proposals Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic partnerships.
The PDW Task Force has received and selected the 9 main project ideas, for which a partner selection has been going on.
Overview of the 9 project ideas:
- Platform Maker Education Europe: Waag Society
- Cognition & Inclusion: vzw den achtkanter
- Improving learning efficiency / learning pathways: PXL University College, Centre of expertise PXL Educational Innovation
- Developing new training approaches for ppl w/ mental disorders: INFREP
- Supporting Transition towards Education Progression (STTEP): Scottish Wider Access Programme(SWAPWest)
- Capacity-building in sustainable tourism: Hasselt University – Transportation Research Institute (IMOB) – Centre for Travel & Tourism Research
- Experimental digilab - University of Jyväskylä
- Marketable skills/foreign languages: Government of Catalonia
- Prevention of the development of Salafist attitudes among young people: State Institute of School Development, Stuttgart, Baden-Wuerttemberg
Here is the programme of the workshop
Thursday 8 December
17h00 Cocktail reception Testimonials from 2015 Project Development Workshop participants Networking session
Friday 9 December
9h00 Registrations9h30 Welcome words and introductory presentations Meritxel Ruiz i Istern, Minister of Education, Government of Catalonia Erik Ballhausen, EACEA, European Commission Marc De Vlieger, EPOS National agency Flanders10h45 Coffee Break11h00 Project development round table13h00 Lunch break13h45 Tips and tricks for your project applications
Here you can read the testimony of a former succesfull project leader!
You can follow the Live Stream of the 9 December morning panel discussion and participate on Twitter using the hashtag #PDW16! and through webstream!
Twitter: #PDW16 URL to live webstream (through the LLLP channel): http://www.ustream.tv/channel/UatshJNaPVY
Participation is restricted to selected partners.
To warm up, please join us on 8 December in one of the sessions of the European Vocational Skills Week 2016 and for the evening networking cocktail with the other participants of the project development workshop.
This event is a co-organisation of Baden-Württemberg, EARLALL, Lifelong Learning Platform, the Liaison Agency Flanders-Europe (vleva), Île-de-France Europe and the West-Finland European Office. It takes place at Vleva, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels.
“Skills are a pathway to employability and prosperity. With the right skills, people are equipped for good-quality jobs and can fulfil their potential as confident, active citizens. In a fast-changing global economy, skills will to a great extent determine competitiveness and the capacity to drive innovation. They are a pull factor for investment and a catalyst in the virtuous circle of job creation and growth. They are key to social cohesion.”
The European Vocational Skills Week
05/12/2016 00:00:00 - 09/12/2016 20:00:00
This first European Vocational Skills Week will take place from 5 to 9 December 2016 with events in Brussels and parallel activities in Member States, EFTA and EU candidate countries at national, regional and local levels. Its aim is to improve the attractiveness and image of vocational education and training by showcasing excellence and quality and raise awareness of the wide range of opportunities.
Before and during the main week (5-9 December), activities and events to showcase excellence in vocational education and training will be rolled out across Europe. During the main week, a series of events/activities will also take place in Brussels (press conference, conference, workshops and closing event with award-giving). The week is underpinned by a sustained communication campaign.
Overview of events/activities
Agenda Adult Skills Conference
Agenda European Business Forum on Vocational Training
How can you join?
The Commission invites all stakeholders: learners, parents, companies, business organisations, social partners, education and training providers, adult learning organisations, chambers and other professional organisations, researchers, career counsellors, public authorities, and society at large to get involved. You can register an activity here.
How to follow the Week?
In case you can’t make it to the events in Brussels, EARLALL has got you covered! EARLALL will participate, review activities and produce reports for you! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and on our website! Do you want us to reach out for you? Subscribe to EARLALL's newsletter (at the bottom of this page), for the recaps of all our activities and conferences.
Besides, you can also visit EPALE on 6 and 7 December and you can watch live plenary sessions, as well as take part in written discussions with your peers from across Europe. Together with the European Basic Skills Network, EPALE will also be at the Adult Skills Conference providing live coverage, session summaries and other exclusive content on EPALE.
What is EARLALL organising during the week?
Mobility in VET and Apprenticeships
EARLALL, together with FREREF, will participate in the workshop “Mobility in VET and Apprenticeships” following the European Business Forum on Vocational Training. We will present our join position paper “Regions in action to sustain and develop VET learner mobility”
Project Development Workshop
EARLALL, together with other partner organisations and regions, is organising a Project Devlopment Workshop, titled "In 2017, Skills willl be Key!". Find out more on the workshop and on project ideas.
EUROPEAN WEEK OF REGIONS AND CITIES
10/10/2016 00:00:00 - 14/10/2016 00:00:00
The 14th European Week of Regions and Cities will focus on the challenges currently facing Europe's regions and cities. Building on the implementation cycle of EU cohesion policy programmes, the event will be aligned with the political priorities of the European Commission's and the European Committee of the Regions for 2016 and with the interests of the partner regions and cities.
Discussions are intended to support the implementation of the 2014-2020 ESIF programmes, demonstrate the results of EU investment, showcase examples of good practice, and encourage input for possible future improvements.
EARLALL will participate in 3 events:
11 October 2016, 9.00 - 13.00
11A13 - How can cities and regions deliver the skills of the future? ONLINE REGISTRATION is mandatory.
Organisers: Smart Partnerships for New Skills (Principality of Asturias (ES), Ave Region (PT), Castile and León (ES), East of England (UK), Mid-Norway (NO), Nilufer Municipality (TR), Normandy (FR), Region Västra Götaland (SE), Warmia-Mazury (PL), West Norway (NO) & EARLALL)
Venue: Norway House
Speakers and chair(s): Ms. Ortiz Jugatx (Chair), Mr. Bozbey Mustafa , Mr. Cunha Paulo , Ms. Dahl Furunes Ingrid , Mr. Jimenez Sierra Jose , Mr. Larsson Joakim , Dr. Ludvigsen Stian S , Mrs. Pedrotti Alice , Mr. Rozłucki Konrad , Mr. Thomson Andrew
Providing Europeans with the right skills, fostering talent, releasing potential and preparing them for the job markets of the future is at the heart of Europe’s 2020 Strategy. This workshop will showcase best practice from across Europe’s regions on how local and regional authorities are improving the skills and employability of EU citizens. It will explore in particular how to match future demand for specialised skills with innovative provision of education and training, develop new and innovative skill-sets to improve the competitiveness of the local workforce and consider how entrepreneurial ‘start-up skills’ can be embedded throughout education systems.
11 October 2016, 14.30 - 17.30
11B29 - The Skills Guarantee in your region ONLINE REGISTRATION is mandatory.
Organisers: European Commission - DG EMPL
Venue: European Commission, Centre Borschette, Room 2C
Speakers and chair(s): Mrs. Bachmann Dana , Mrs. Sagardui Goikoetxea Miren Gotzone , Mrs. Schauwers Myriam
A large share of the adult population is at risk of exclusion because they lack the basic literacy, numeracy and digital skills necessary for living and working in today’s society. The Commission has proposed the introduction of a Skills Guarantee to give every low-qualified adult a skills assessment, tailored courses to raise their skills to a minimum level and then acquire an upper secondary qualification or equivalent, and validation of the skills they have acquired. The aim of the workshop is to discuss how cities and regions can implement such a guarantee through a partnership approach looking at such issues as finance, outreach, guidance and support.
12 October 2016, 9.00 - 13.00
Side Event: Regional and local measures to develop the potential of refugees PLEASE REGISTER to attend
Organisers: Earlall, Region Västra Götaland, Baden-Württemberg, City of Göthenburg, Lifelong Learning Platform.
Venue: Delegation of the Basque Country to the EU
Speaers and chair(s): Mr Michel Lefranc (moderator), Ms Andrea Bernert-Bürkle, MEP Mr Brando Benifei, Mr Fredrik Adolfsson, Mr Jan Elftorp, Mr. Johannes Jung, Mr Gari Pavkovic, Mr Laurent Aujean, Mr Adnan Abdul, Mr Dick Eriksson, Ms Sylvia de Groot Heupner, Mr David Lopez, Ms Brenosa Saez de Ibarra, Ms Irene Armbruster, Dr. Franziska Diller.
Regional and local authorities have the urgent need to find new and sustainable approaches to integration. Thus, they are increasing their cooperation and ensuring synergies between educational, social and employment policies, with a strong support of refugees themselves and civil society.
The Erasmus+ project TALENTS is an example of cooperation and exchange of best practices. Moreover, it aims at up-scaling and implementing “pilot” projects in the participating regions.
Check the agenda
For more information on this event click here