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Transnational mobility in a vocational context – an overview Orléans 19.4.2011 Dr. Søren Kristensen The Danish National Centre for the Development of Vocational Education and Training (NCE) Metropolitan University College. NCE Søren Kristensen.

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Transnational mobility in a vocational context – an overview

Orléans 19.4.2011

Dr. Søren Kristensen

The Danish National Centre for the Development of Vocational Education and Training (NCE)

Metropolitan University College


NCE overview

Søren Kristensen

Why are we doing it? Different discourses on mobility in Europe:

Skills acquisition (cognitive):

New vocational/professional knowledge and skills

International skills

Transversal skills

Behaviour modification (affective):

Labour market mobility

Reduction of nationalism, xenophobia

Reinforcement of cultural coherence


NCE overview

Søren Kristensen

Characteristics of mobility in VET:

  • Short term

  • Group exchanges

  • Work placements

  • Focus on major languages when choosing target countries


NCE overview

Søren Kristensen

Who finances mobility?

  • LdV

  • Structural funds (ESF, ERF)

  • National/regional programmes

  • Bi- or multinational programmes

  • VET institutions

  • Private companies

  • Individuals

  • Baseline?


NCE overview

Søren Kristensen

Barriers to mobility (Move-It, 2007)

  • Lack of quality in mobility

  • Lack of information and awareness

  • Lack of sustainable strategies

  • Lack of support mechanisms

  • Legal and administrative obstacles


NCE overview

Søren Kristensen

Does it work? Mobility as a pedagogical tool

  • Requires professionalism from organisers in terms of:

  • Preparation

  • Implementation

  • Follow-up


NCE overview

Søren Kristensen

Does it work? Mobility and youth unemployment

  • Positive results from evaluations

  • Lack of longitudinal studies

  • Absence of scientific ”proof” (control groups)


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