2nd QALLL conference on Quality Assurance in VET

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The 2nd conference of the QALLL project (Quality Assurance in LifeLong Learning with a Focus on Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education) will take place on November 28th 2011, in Berlin, Germany. It is titled "Reaching mutual trust...Quality assurance that works" and it includes interactive working groups and sessions highlighting the latest trends in the quality assurance field.

The conference is addressed to education professionals and experts, project contractors of the European Lifelong Learning Programmes Leonardo da Vinci and Grundtvig, policy makers, national authorities, social partner representatives and other stakeholders interested in quality assurance in vocational education and training and adult education.

Check out the conference agenda and register online.

Eurypedia - Easy access to European educational systems

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Eurypedia is an EU website that aims to present the most accurate picture of national education systems across Europe. It includes information about specific education systems as well as analysis of educational issues at European level. In total 38 school and university systems are presented in this European educational website, that was developed by Eurydice Network.

Eurypedia was launched on October 2011 and all its contents are expected to be finalised by December 2011.

Quality of vocational rehabilitation services

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This meeting is organised in the framework of the European Platform for Rehabilitation (EPR) Annual Conference 2011, that is being held in Athens, Greece, on 10 and 11 November 2011.

The Conference will highlight two main issues at stake for providers of services to persons with disabilities. On Day 1, participants will gain insight into the challenges of reintegrating youngsters. On Day 2, the Conference will explore the role of human resources in relation to the quality of rehabilitation services, and discuss how to optimise the use and management of staff.

The event "Outcome Measurement in Vocational Rehabilitation" will take place on 9 November 2011, during the afternoon session. This event is only open to EPR members.

The European Platform for Rehabilitation (EPR) is a network of European providers of rehabilitation services to people with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups.

Innovative tool for Ensuring Quality in VET Networks (VETWORKS)

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The Lifelong Learning VETWORKS project transfers the SPEAK instrument in six countries (Austria, Germany, Greece, Poland, Spain and Hungary). SPEAK system is an innovative tool for strategic planning, evaluation and knowledge management for projects realised in the area of Vocational Education and Training. SPEAK provides a multi-stakeholder approach to national VET networks and advances their effectiveness and efficiency by using the European common quality assurance framework as a reference framework for implementation. In accordance with the Helsinki goals, the project will improve educational planning and training delivery within local, regional and sectoral VET networks in order to become a world quality reference and develop a common culture of quality improvement.


Eurobarometer survey on attitudes towards vocational education and training

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This Eurobarometer survey aims to record the opinion of European citizens on vocational education and training. It was carried out through interviews of 26,840 European citizens aged 15 and above from all EU Member States.

Main topics of analysis of the survey were the image of vocational education and training, people’s impression of VET’s potential benefits within the EU, the impact of VET on society and on the economy and the factors that influence young people as they choose between VET and other forms of education.

Key findings include:

  • Positive image of vocational education and training linked to quality
  • Strong employment prospects
  • Need to improve mobility for training and work
  • Economic and social impact, challenges for entrepreneurship and support to sustainable development
  • Need for improvements in guidance services

The report has particular importance now as it will provide guidance to the work of the European Commission and Member States as they implement the VET strategy.

Read the full report.

New generation of vocational schools with the support of major companies in UK

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A new generation of vocational schools is going to emerge next year in United Kingdom. In these schools businesses will have active role and will help shape the curriculum. This way the training provided by the schools will meet their requirement for skilled workers.

These schools are known as university technical colleges and some of the known companies that will sponsor them are BlackBerry, Toshiba, Boeing, Rolls Royce, Hewlet Packard and Cisco. The schools will attract students of 14 to 19 year olds and some of the focus topics to be taught are amongst others engineering and life sciences.

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Indicators on education systems - Education at a glance 2011

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The 2011 edition of Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators, published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), enables countries to see themselves in the light of other countries’ performance. It provides a broad array of comparable indicators on education systems and represents the consensus of professional thinking on how to measure the current state of education internationally.

The indicators show who participates in education, how much is spent on it and how education systems operate. They also illustrate a wide range of educational outcomes, comparing, for example, student performance in key subjects and the impact of education on earnings and on adults’ chances of employment.

Role of social partners in vocational education and training

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The European Training Foundation has recently published the ETF Yearbook 2011, which focuses on the role of social partners in the fields of vocational education and training, lifelong learning and active labour market policies.

The 120 pages yearbook is written by ETF staff and it concentrates on a broad thematic analysis of the role and function of social partnership in VET in partner countries. Through the analysis and reflections on the topics it is expected to facilitate policy learning in EU partner countries.

International Development Officer training course

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IDEC, a company committed to serve in practice lifelong learning, based in Piraeus Greece, organises the training course International Development Officer, registered in the Grundtvig database. The course will take place in Piraeus, Greece on 19-23 March 2012.

Training fees as well as travelling and subsistence expenses can be fully funded by Grundtvig programme in service training grants. Grants must be requested by the National Agency of your country by 16/09/2011.

In the attached files you can find more information and the registration form. If you are interested to participate, please fill in the registration form and return it to the contact details indicated in it.

The number of participants in each training course is 16 and applications will be treated in priority order.


Grundtvig in service training grants - deadline for applications 16 September 2011

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Lifelong learning is essential for everyone, for improving self confidence, quality of life, vocational skills and competencies. Lifelong learning programme presents unique opportunities to get funding and participate in European training courses, where apart from concrete learning outcomes, you will have the chance to meet people from various countries, share social and intercultural experiences and spend an enjoyable week in a foreign country.

The training fees and the travelling and subsistence expenses can be fully funded by Grundtvig programme in service training grants. For a list on the registered training courses you can visit the official Comenius - Grundtvig training database. Grants must be requested by the National Agency of your country.

The upcoming deadline for submitting an application for a grant to your National Agency is 16/9/2011.

CEDEFOP study visits in March - June 2012

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If you are interested in participating in one of CEDEFOP's study visits, then you still have time to apply! The online application for the March - June 2012 study visits is open and will be open till 14 October 2011.

CEDEFOP study visits include presentations and on-site visits for groups of 10-15 persons and for 3-5 days to ministries, educational and training institutions, training sites, etc. The visits provide a forum for discussion, exchange and learning on themes of common interest and on European and national priorities.

Who can apply: directors of guidance centres, educational and vocational training inspectors, head teachers, teacher trainers, heads of departments, pedagogical or guidance advisers, representatives of education and training networks and association, trade union representatives etc.

How can you apply?

The selection results will be communicated to applicants by January 2012 from the national agencies.

For more information on the planned study visits for 2011/2012 check out the official catalogue.

Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) - call for proposals 2012

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The DG Education and Culture has announced the Lifelong Learning Programme call for proposals 2012. This year's strategic priorities are:

  1. Develop strategies for lifelong learning and mobility
  2. Encourage cooperation between the worlds of education, training and work
  3. Support initial and continuous training of teachers, trainers and education and training institutions' managers
  4. Promote the acquisition of key competences throughout  the education and training system
  5. Promote social inclusion and gender equality in education and training, including the integration of migrants and Roma

The deadlines to keep in mind are:

Comenius Individual Pupil Mobility 01/12/2011
Comenius, Grundtvig: in-service training 16/01/2012, 30/04/2012 and 17/09/2012
Comenius Assistantships 31/01/2012
Comenius, Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Grundtvig: multilateral projects, networks and accompanying measures 02/02/2012
Leonardo da Vinci: multilateral projects for the Transfer of Innovation 02/02/2012
Leonardo da Vinci: Mobility (including the Leonardo da Vinci mobility certificate); Erasmus: Intensive Language Courses (EILC) 03/02/2012
Jean Monnet programme 15/02/2012
Comenius, Leonardo da Vinci, Grundtvig: partnerships; Comenius: Comenius Regio partnerships; Grundtvig: workshops 21/02/2012
Erasmus: intensive programmes (IP), students mobility for studies and placements (including the Erasmus consortium placement certificate) and staff mobility (teaching assignments and staff training) 09/03/2012
Grundtvig: Assistantships, Senior Volunteering Projects 30/03/2012
Transversal programme: Key activity 1 — Study visits 30/03/2012 and 12/10/2012
Transversal programme: all other activities 01/03/2012

Selection results for Key Activities projects - Lifelong Learning call for proposals 2011

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No more waiting for the applicants of the Key Activities Lifelong Learning call for proposals 2011. Results have been published today at EACEA website and cover all Key Activities thematics:

Selection results for Lifelong Learning 2011 call for proposals

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Have you applied for a funding under the 2011 Lifelong Learning call for proposals? Then waiting time is over, as EACEA published the selection results last week on its website. In the results page you can find the list of selected projects and reserve list for the following programmes:

  • Comenius
  • Erasmus
  • Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Grundtvig
  • Jean Monnet

For those who have applied under the Key Action themes, they will have to be patient as the results are expected to be announced within August 2011.

Quality standards proliferation!

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Excellent comic strip from the xkcd team, demonstrating the current situation with the always increasing number of standards, in all fields of research and economy. It can easily be applied to quality standards in education! Have a look at it!

Education Europe - Creative Europe and Horizon 2020: 3 new programmes for education, culture and research in the EU budget 2014-2020

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The European Union multiannual budget plan 2014-2020 has recently been announced and education consists one of the priority funding areas at EU level.

The plan foresees 3 new programmes for education, culture and research:

1) a new integrated programme of €15.2 billion for education, training and youth, which will be titled "Education Europe". The new program aims to minimise fragmentation of current instruments and will focus on developing skills and mobility. The Education Europe programme will have the following priorities:

  • Support of trans-national learning mobility
  • Foster co-operation between education institutions and the world of work
  • Provide policy support to gather evidence on the effectiveness of education investments and help Member States to implement effective policies.

2) a new programme for the cultural and creative sector worth €1.6 billion, which will be titled "Creative Europe".

3) a common strategic framework of €80 billion for research and development, which will be titled "Horizon 2020". The framework will include the Marie Curie actions for skills, training and career development of researchers and the European Institute for Innovation and Technology.

Lifelong Learning Infodays 2012

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EACEA (Executive Agency Education, Audiovisual & Culture) announced today the dates and program for the upcoming 2012 Lifelong Learning Infodays. They will take place at Brussels, on 21 and 28 October 2011. Participants can choose their prefered date and register online from September 2011 in order to secure their place in this highly attended event.

What will be discussed during the Infodays?

  • What are the European funding possibilities in the field of Lifelong Learning?
  • What is the latest news on the Lifelong Leaning Programme?
  • How to increase your chances of having your project selected?
  • How to find European partners?

For those who cannot travel to Brussels during these dates, they will have the opportunity to participate remotely on the October 21st Infoday by using the Live webstream of all sessions and chat directly with the Lifelong Learning Programme teams.

Finally, from September 2011 and till the end of the Lifelong Learning Call for Proposals 2012 (March 2012) the Agency will provide an online project partner search tool.

EfVET Conference - 26-29 October 2011, Malta

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The 20th Annual EfVET Conference will take place in Malta from 26th to 29th October 2011. The theme of the conference is "Towards ET2020. Positive action to enhance Vocational Education and Training within a Lifelong Learning Agenda".

EfVET is a European-wide professional association which has been created by and for providers of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in all European countries. Its main missions are to promote quality and innovation in Technical and Vocational Education and Training throughout Europe, to develop collaboration, mutual co-operation and sharing of good practice and to give colleagues a platform of influence in European TVET policy.

There is an "Early bird fee" for delegates that register till the 30th of July 2011. For more information visit the conference webpage.

EFQUEL Innovation Forum 2011

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The 6th EFQUEL Innovation Forum will take place on 14-16 September 2011 in Portugal. This year's forum is titled "CERTIFY THE FUTURE...?!" and it will present certification systems for higher education, discuss certification in adult education and schools, for individuals and for organisations from Europe and beyond.

All participants that register till 30th of June are entitled to reduced registration fees.

Online tool on how to implement quality assurance systems in vocational education and training

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The EQAVET team has recently released a new online tool that offers national and regional policy makers guidance on how to build and monitor a quality assurance system in vocational training.

The tool details the four steps for quality assurance (Planning, Implementation, Evaluation and Review) and contains links to relevant articles, glossary and more than 50 case studies with different approaches to quality assurance systems used by EU Member States. The tool is based on the 2009 Recommendation from the European Parliament and Council.

The "EU Quality Assurance in vocational education and training tool", in combination with our BEQUAL tool and BEQUAL statistics that demonstrate the actual level of knowledge and implementation of quality standards by VET organisation across the EU, can be valuable instruments in the hands of national and regional policy makers in order to ensure the quality level of the vocatioanl education in the European Union.

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