ERIC Number: ED459326
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Joint CEDEFOP/ETF Project on 'Scenarios and Strategies for Vocational Training and Lifelong Learning in Europe': A Contribution to the Debate on the Future of Europe.
A project in Europe is working to improve the quality of work, promote equal opportunities, combat exclusion and poverty; promote lasting economic growth and a European Union economic policy; and promote sustainable development and quality of life. In order to achieve these goals, three main objectives for vocational education and training (VET) have been defined: (1) increasing the quality and effectiveness of education and training systems; (2) facilitating the access of all to the education and training systems; and (3) opening up education and training systems to the wider world. The Scenarios and Strategies for Vocational Training and Lifelong Learning in Europe Project identified trends in the VET system, including the importance of partnerships and economic restructuring in order to improve competitiveness and to promote changes in the workplace and increasing flexibility of labor. Suggested strategies included improving incentives for all parties to participate in training, requiring worker training and employment contracts, and improving the transparency of qualification structures and mobility. The project results show that four approaches are particularly prominent: (1) strengthening the social dimension of VET and lifelong learning; (2) developing institutions responsible for VET and lifelong learning; (3) developing a transparent structure of educational and VET qualifications and certification; and (4) modernization of work. Four matrices have been constructed to deal with possible scenarios arising from these recommendations. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Articulation (Education), Career Development, Economic Change, Economic Development, Educational Mobility, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Employment Qualifications, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Job Training, Lifelong Learning, Occupational Mobility, Partnerships in Education, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Standards, Student Certification, Technical Education, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.trainingvillage.gr/download/scenarios/Thessaloni ki_05 01.doc.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, Thessaloniki (Greece).