Cedefop seminar: 'Competitiveness and strong vocational qualifications - Are we replicating the past or looking to the future?'

18. January 2017 - 11:59

The seminar was organised by Cedefop in cooperation with the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU and took place on 13 December 2016 in Brussels.

The discussion focused on the topic of VET qualifications, in the context of the need for a strengthening of vocational education and training, which is an important part of the New Skills Agenda for Europe.
The aim of the seminar was to increase awareness of the overall importance of VET qualifications in Europe and to launch a debate on the way we set priorities in this area; how can education and training work better together and to what extent is it necessary to strengthen cooperation between countries, at European and international level. Cedefop and the Slovak Presidency hoped that the seminar provides an opportunity to take forward this important discussion.

Commissioned by Cedefop, in cooperation with UNESCO and ETF, 3s is currently comparing 10 ‘similar’ vocational qualifications from 13 European and 13 non-European countries. A key objective of this study is to better understand how VET qualifications are defined, described in terms of learning outcomes and updated and, in particular, how labour market stakeholders are involved in and contribute to this process.

Simon Broek, representing Ockham IPS (consortium partner of 3s), was invited to present preliminary outcomes of the study at the seminar.

The agenda is available here.

Link to the event.