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Vocational education and training for the common good : the macrosocial benefits of VET /

by European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training.

Publisher: Luxembourg Publications Office of the European Union 2011Description: PDF.Other title: European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training..Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 62-66Summary: This report considers two mechanisms by which initial vocational education and training (IVET) or continuing vocational education and training (CVET) might produce macrosocial benefits. First, the aggregate level of VET qualifications (measured by the incidence of VET qualifications among the population) might cause benefits through increasing the overall level of human capital. Second is its positive influence on education equality. Researching these two calls for very different methodological approaches. In the first case (human capital) an exploratory time-series estimation approach was applied (following Green et al., 2006). It is found that the macrosocial benefits of VET are, largely, equal to those of general education (of comparable level). In the second case (equity) institutional arrangements through which VET may influence education equity were explored qualitatively with selected country case studies. The evidence shows that reducing the academic/vocational divide, reducing tracking (or using IVET to reintegrate onto mainstream tracks), mitigating against gender or ethnic inequality in IVET and CVET, integrating IVET and CVET (for example through a national qualification system spanning both forms of VET) and aiding the transition between VET and labour markets, tend to promote education equality. So long as that appropriate institutional arrangements are made, VET is important for equity and, therefore, for social cohesion.Availability: (1)

2010 update of the European inventory on validation of non-formal and informal learning - final report /

by Hawley, Jo | European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training | Souto Otero, Manuel | Duchemin, Claire.

Publisher: Thessaloniki, Greece European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography pp. 37-38Summary: The European Inventory provides a unique record on how validation is already being used at national, regional and local level to address issues relating to lifelong learning, employment and social exclusion. This is particularly important in the context of the current economic crisis, which has accelerated the importance of validation drivers identified in the 2007 Inventory, such as the need for effective re-deployment of the adult population into employment. A number of countries have recognised the role validation has to play in addressing skills shortages and in supporting those facing redundancy to identify and pursue an alternative career pathway. Other initiatives recognise the role of validation in combating social exclusion, by empowering 'the low qualified' and other disadvantaged groups to identify and understand their own competences and potential.Availability: (1)

Assuring quality in vocational education and training : the role of accrediting VET providers /

by European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training.

Publisher: Luxembourg Publications Office of the European Union 2011Description: PDF.Other title: Cedefop Reference series ; no. 90.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography pp. 207-217Summary: This publication examines how accreditation systems relate to quality assurance by means of 12 in-depth case studies. Of these, four relate to economic sectors, eight to countries. The results show that accreditation systems are widely accepted by providers, and deliver vocational education and training to predefined quality standards - with or without the direct involvement of public authorities. Accreditation has a clearing effect: weak performers disappear from the market and successfully accredited providers become more visible. The use of quality labels could be more widespread. It is mostly found in the sectoral examples, especially where the value of such labels can be clearly defined. The study shows that accreditation systems for vocational education and training can make sure that minimum standards are observed in VET delivery. For the future, the challenge will be to turn accreditation into a driving force for better quality. To do so, the study suggests a multistep approach to accreditation and concludes with recommendations for national, sectoral and European stakeholders.Availability: (1)

Empowering the young of Europe to meet labour market challenges : findings from study visits 2009/10 /

by Musca, Angela | European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training | Schmid, Eleonora.

Publisher: Luxembourg Office of the European Union 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 95-97Summary: This publication presents findings from 53 study visits during 2009/10 focused on preparing and supporting youth integration into the labour market and reducing unemployment among young people. This is one of European priorities supported by the Youth on the move initiative which focuses on policies and practices to support flexible learning modes and pathways for young people, easing their transition from education and training to the labour market and developing their entrepreneurial skills and competences.Availability: (1)

Working and ageing : guidance and counseling for mature learners /

by European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training.

Publisher: Luxembourg Publications Office of the European Union 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Includes bibliographical references.Summary: Population ageing is one of the most significant developments in Europe in the next decades. Guidance and counselling in supporting longer and more satisfying careers in ageing societies is important and has potential. This publication reviews factors contributing to successful active ageing from various angles. It examines contemporary approaches to guidance and counselling and presents several good practice examples of measures and practices launched in EU Member States. Successful approaches to guidance and counselling encompass a lifecycle perspective, are responsive and comprehensive and are supported by all stakeholders involved. The analysis and results reveal encouraging signs of progress, but at the same time indicate that much remains to be done to promote integration of ageing workers into the labour market and society.Availability: (1)

Exploring leadership in vocational education and training /

by European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training.

Publisher: Luxembourg Publications Office of the European Union 2011Description: PDF.Other title: European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training..Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Cat. No: TI-BA-11-003-EN-N doi:10.2801/36572 Includes bibliographical referencesSummary: European policy on vocational education and training (VET) makes a strong link between the quality of education and the quality of teachers and trainers. Teaching staff are important stakeholders in implementing current VET reforms, and their training and professional development are crucial elements in ensuring quality. However, this working paper argues that the role of those managing and leading VET institutions must be more widely acknowledged and that the research base and policy initiatives specifically related to such staff ought to be strengthened. There is increasing evidence of the importance of leadership in education, though VET leaders have, so far, received only marginal attention. Leaders are crucial in implementing reforms and policy initiatives; they also serve as catalysts for change. The close links between VET and the labour market create specific opportunities for leadership but this has not yet been subjected to European research. This working paper presents some initial findings on leadership in VET in Europe. Cedefop's main objective for this paper is to raise awareness of VET leadership, introducing the topic and escorting it onto the European policy agenda. As the scope and depth of this paper is limited, it should be seen as an initial contribution to discussing leadership in VET.Availability: (1)

Lifelong learning : citizens' views /

by European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training.

Publisher: Luxembourg Publications Office of the European Union 2003Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: We have come a long way since the European Year of Lifelong Learning in 1996. By 2010, the European Union wants to become the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economic area in the world. Making lifelong learning a reality for all citizens is at the driving edge of the strategy to meet this goal and is the guiding principle for education and training policy at European level. To provide up-to-date information, the European Commission and Cedefop now present the results of a specially designed Eurobarometer (1), which directly asks citizens what they think about lifelong learning, including their participation in, experiences of and motivations for learning. Eurobarometer opinion polls complement large-scale surveys on education, training and employment issues. They take rapid snapshots of the overall picture and are well suited to gauge people's 'views of the moment'. This brochure includes the initial highlights of the survey findings and includes a brief country profile of Greece, the EU Presidency country at the time of publication. Later, Cedefop will publish a full analysis, enriched with comparable data from national surveys and qualitative studies on lifelong learning.Availability: (1)

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