EESC Workshop: “A new SMEs agenda for VET in the EU” Meeting business needs: VET and continuous training in SMEs Helen Hoffmann UEAPME Brussels, 19 May 2008 UEAPME European Association of Crafts, Small and Medium- sized Enterprises
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“A new SMEs agenda for VET in the EU”
Brussels, 19 May 2008
- identify and anticipate competences and qualifications needs;
- recognise and validate competences and qualifications;
- inform, support and provide guidance;
- mobilise resources
- ESP have opened negotiations on disadvantaged people furthest from the labour market to reach a Framework agreement
- Mismatch between education and training programmes and labour market needs
- Lack of attractiveness of certain sectors where SMEs are predominant
- Poor status of VET towards pupils and parents
- Difficulty to hire and retain qualified employees
- Lack of entrepreneurship spirit
Almost half (46%) of firms in SFI reported improved productivity.
SFI changed organisation culture in favour of training and communication – linked firmly to business strategy
SFI was key to SME involvement – with little dead weight.
2) VET curriculum should be geared towards labour market needs and particularly for SMEs and micro companies.
3) Lifelong learning requires shared commitment of all actors: employers, individuals and public authorities
4) SMEs need public support for financing lifelong learning and continuous training
5) Necessity of a sustained effort of governments to reform education and qualification systems in Europe that deliver skills adapted to business needs in a cost efficient manner
6) Training offers need to be adapted to SME needs
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