Time for action on work-based learning
In order to develop new models to overcome the skills mismatch in Europe and neighbouring countries, and to address the crisis of youth unemployment, the European Center for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP) organised a conference entitled Renewing vocational education and training to tackle skill mismatch: Work-based learning and apprenticeship for all?, which took place from 12–13 June in Thessaloniki, Greece.
The conference focused on ways to improve labour market information and different forms of apprenticeship and work-based learning. Among the participants were the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androula Vassiliou, the Secretary of State at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Thomas Rachel, the Mayor of Thessaloniki, Mr Yannis Boutaris, and UIL Director, Arne Carlsen.
Mr Carlsen reiterated the key messages from the 2012 World Congress on TVET, and shared his vision for skills development and work-based learning as a response to high youth unemployment rates.
CEDEFOP has collaborated with UIL lately in the Global Inventory of National Qualification Frameworks, also together with the European Training Foundation ETF.