Thematic Coordinator, Markus Palmen, reflects on the connection between VET policy and social policy
By EPALE's Thematic Coordinator for Quality, Andrew McCoshan
Foundation Tempus- Euroguidance Centre, Serbian national centre of the European network of national resources and information centres for guidance, is organizing "Career Guidance Week" 3-6 October, which will include the following events:
The Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth sets targets to lift at least 20 million people out of poverty and social exclusion and to increase employment of the population aged 20-64 to 75%. Among those who are on the verge of poverty are also ex-offenders / ex-prisoners who face multiple problems: stigma, negative attitude by the society also lost work skills and / or low qualification. The situation is that the employment rate of the low qualified is nearly 80% lower than the employment rate of individuals with university level qualifications.
A group of partners has been working together on a series of projects focusing on the cooperation between colleges / placement providers and workplaces when training students for jobs. The partnership is a mix of consultants and colleges with a comprehensive background in different sectors from different school systems.
The main idea here is that all parties should be responsible, school, workplace and student.
We can list three projects:
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