The joint Cedefop and ETF report Enhancing European cooperation in VET: outcomes of the Riga cycle 2015 – 2020 has been published. As stated by the ETF, the report shows that considerable progress has been made in candidate countries, as well as EU member states, on the Riga mid-term deliverables since 2015 to address the five priority areas for VET – work-based learning, quality assurance, access to VET and qualifications, key competences, and teacher development.
Key points to emerge include:
- Steps have been taken to develop and expand apprenticeship and dual systems, systematise school-business cooperation, and establish wide-scale graduate tracking and training needs anticipation.
- The retraining of individuals has grown, especially those from a growing number of vulnerable communities and awareness of identifying the need to develop key competences has been raised. Considerable attention is now given to teaching in vocational education and training (VET) within efforts to boost the attractiveness of VET and strengthen teacher and trainer professional development.
- Overall, the findings show that the progress achieved towards reaching the medium term-deliverables has reinforced the 2020 vision for VET.
- The ETF’s information and reflections on freeing VET from many restrictions in its partner countries provides input to the international dimension of future EU policies and the framework of cooperation for the period after 2020. (ETF media release).
For more information visit the ETF website.
The report can be downloaded here.