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Initial VET: Challenges and Opportunities for Europe

Tom Leney LeneyTO@qca.org.uk

Lisbon - Copenhagen - Maastricht Consortium

March 2005

Johan van Rens, Director


Competitiveness

The ‘Lisbon scorecard’

EU is weak on competitiveness and performance. Disappointing economic and employment development. Lisbon goals will not be reached without more action and innovation


Competitiveness: who leads?

  • Higher gross domestic product per capita than USA:onlyLuxembourg

  • More productive per hour:Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Different countries, different challenges - Productivity; employment; skills; investment; innovation

  • And social cohesion?

  • Successful models in Europe: the Nordic group? The case of Ireland?

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Educational attainment

General comparison


Skills and competences to meet future needs?

  • Which are the key competences?(Estonia reforms)

    • Entrepreneurship is one: active skills and/or skills for business start-up(Austria steps ahead)

  • Developing broad occupational competencies through workplace learning is now the key factor for VETreform in Europe(the Netherlands define)

  • Validation of informal and non-formal learning opens doors (France innovates; Slovenia reforms)

  • Anticipating future skills and labour market needs: new risks, new approaches(Finland futures)

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Quality VET reduces the numbers of early school leavers

  • Policies exist: benchmark of  10 % will not be reached by all.

  • EU countries with a high proportion of young people in IVET tend to have high upper secondary completion rates and low dropout rates. The challenge is quality

    • Programmes attractive to learners and to enterprises

    • Flexibility: focus on the learner

    • Links to general education

    • Pathways to higher education

  • Quality IVET: a robust strategy - ETF’s message

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VET: invest more and better!

  • EU spends similar % of GDP on education as USA (5.1%). But private spending is much lower.

  • Investing in VET brings rewards to companies and to individuals, though often seen as a cost or treated with reluctance

  • Quality in initial VET, widening access to CVT, increasing European links all create costs as well as benefits: sources of funding?

  • Implications for governments, employers and individuals

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Innovation strategies

  • Ensuring highly skilled VET professionals.

  • Emphasis on concrete action at decentralised level and by the social partners

  • Establish synergy between VET policies and economic and employment policies. Innovation agreements and tripartite commitment to foster investment in human capital


Innovation in VET teaching and learning

  • ‘Competence-based VET is explicitly aimed at the key issues in professions and careers, and prepares the learner’ (the Netherlands; Slovenia)

    • Focus on the learner: programmes and assessment

    • Embrace ICT

      • ICT skills

      • integration into work and learning processes

    • Innovation through learning partnerships (GOLO project)

    • ‘Bench learning’: tools to scale up innovation (OMC2)

  • Overcome the fragmentation of the VET profession (roles; locations; IVET/CVT)

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Three questions

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  • What policies (lifelong learning) can stakeholders develop to optimise the learning opportunities for all target groups?

  • Can we facilitate strong networks to innovate in VET, and involve wider publics?

  • How will we best progress the agreed objectives, since countries are on different starting lines for VET and may develop differing visions of lifelong learning?

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Contacts

Cedefop

Thessaloniki Greece

info@cedefop.eu.int

www.trainingvillage.gr

http://communities.trainingvillage.gr

Lisbon-Copenhagen-Maastricht Consortium

QCA London

Leneyto@qca.org.uk

http://www.refernet.org.uk


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