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EPALE focus: Vocational education and training for adults

23/11/2017
by EPALE Moderator
Language: EN
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In honour of Vocational Skills Week 2017 (20-24 November), EPALE dedicates the month of November to vocational education and training (VET) for adults.

People, organisations and governments invest in VET because of its positive outcomes, such as higher wages, improved productivity and economic growth. In 2010, an estimated two thirds (66%) of enterprises in the EU provided continuing vocational training to their employees, however, this share varied widely between Member States – from 22 % in Poland to 91 % in Denmark.

Here at EPALE, we appreciate the importance of VET for adults' employability and we do our best to promote its benefits. Check out EPALE’s thematic page Entrepreneurship and employability where the community and the national teams have gathered interesting articles, useful resources and case studies on the topic (content varies based on your language preference). Visit EPALE regularly for new content in November!

We would like to invite you to join EPALE’s live discussion on vocational education and training for adults. The discussion will be in English and will take place on this page on 30 November 2017. It will be moderated by EPALE’s Thematic Coordinator for Quality, Andrew McCoshan.

We hope to see you there!

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  • Etelberto Costa's picture

    Please take a look and good attention to the article: We should prioritize technical vocational education and training - https://lucu.nkb.no/we-should-prioritize-technical-vocational-education-and-training/

  • Filomena Montella's picture

    Insegno lettere da molti anni in corsi serali per adulti e sono fortemente convinta che la formazione aiuti davvero lo sviluppo della persona in termini di qualità umana e di crescita personale in un'ottica di cittadinanza attiva.

    La scuola, in questa situazione, assume un ruolo di primo approccio per far acquisire la competenza di apprendere ad apprendere

    Ad esempio la letteratura, come afferma il prof. C. Bologna, «si offre quale perfetto dispositivo di accoglienza, entro un sistema coerente di significato, dell'infinita molteplicità di dettagli irrilevanti che si disseminano nella “liquida” vita quotidiana. Essa riesce a dare parola al bisogno di ordine nella visione della realtà proprio portando alla luce la grande disarmonia che vi domina, offrendo una voce consistente, coerente, all’incoerenza e al caos della vita, mostrando come cose infinitamente diverse possono convivere ed entrare in contatto senza mai rinunciare alla propria specificità, nella complessità del sistema».

    Insegnare letteratura italiana non è solo insegnare “la lingua”, né solo “la letteratura”, ma mostrare e far amare l'intera “civiltà italiana”, tutta la civiltà che dal nostro Medio Evo è ancora tangibile nelle piazze dei nostri comuni, nei nostri modi d'essere e di agire, di vivere, di pensare.

    Ai miei alunni insegno con forza che la nostra civiltà, attraverso la nostra lingua, attraverso la nostra letteratura, deve continuare ad essere orizzonte e bussola, consolazione e riscatto dell'umano, di fronte a chi «cerca di ridurci a bestie», se non portandoci alla morte fisica, di certo soffocando lo spirito di comunità, la democrazia, la condivisione dei progetti e dei sogni, cioè del futuro. E se «noi bestie non dobbiamo diventare», «per vivere è importante sforzarci di salvare almeno lo scheletro, l'impalcatura, la forma della civiltà», come afferma P. Levi in Se questo è un uomo (1958).

     

  • Andrew McCoshan's picture
    Dear Filomena,  Thank you for your interesting comments. Looking forward to welcoming you to the the discussion on Thursday! Best wishes, Andrew (Moderator)
  • Etelberto Costa's picture

    Agree that we are having positive results @EU in general. We could present several Analytics (and it is worthwhile to make presence here in the discussions/dialogues to make sure that all of us are acquainted with them...) . For instance the  Social Scoreboard (the EU Monitor 2017 will be releases on 09 november) indicates that: More people participate in lifelong learning activities - in 2015 were 10.7%. But this must worry us as the sme's in the EU are majority (in large scale) and they have since some years ago (specially during the economic crisis) and they present us with very low activity in vocational skills (and still employing few qualified from VET).  

    Another item to be present on this month discussions must be "Digital skills are still not widespread" - 45% of EU citizens didn’t have basic digital skills (again from the EU Social Scoreboard) and EU market presents a serious deficit in digital skills. This is also very disturbing when we face the trends and nowadays reality in robtics & artifical intelligence.

    It is my believe that we must look for Open Education Resources avalilable for all EU citizens and specially an Open Access for Qualifications (EU qualifications framework) trough online massive access courses. The nowadays EU platforms like EPALE could be the start for improvement?   

  • Andrew McCoshan's picture
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    Dear Etelberto, Many thanks for your comments. Looking forward to welcoming you to the the discussion on Thursday! Best wishes, Andrew (Moderator)