The changing nature and role of VET in Europe

Rasa Zygmantaitehave – EfVET National Representative of Lithuania

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S.Tirati and R. Zygmantaite at the ‘VET in the 21st century – Future trends and priorities’ workshop @ Cedefop

An international group of researchers and educational experts is implementing a research project, supported by CEDEFOP “The changing nature and role of VET in Europe”, which aims at analysing the development of vocational education and training in the EEA countries. This analysis will help the EU stakeholders and European as well as National policy makers to prepare to meet the challenges, VET is experiencing due to the societal and technological changes is societies.

The project is a three-year research action, involving international experts and researchers for conducting analysis as well as VET experts for discussing and commenting on the outcomes of the research. Two VET experts – Stefano Tirati & Rasa Zygmantaitehave been invited by CEDEFOP to participate as reviewers and discussants since the early stages of the project (2016).

The second meeting of an extended group of experts and project researchers’ team took place in Thessaloniki on the 20-21st of February 2018. During ‘VET in the 21st century – Future trends and priorities’ workshop, the outcomes of the first stages of the project were presented and discussed. The researchers have presented draft papers on their research on external drivers, influencing VET developments. The analysis was done in specifically selected countries, covering VET in the EEA from the geographical and systematic perspectives.

Rasa Zygmantaite was invited to review and comment on the report of the developments of the German VET system in the period of 1995-2015. She took the opportunity to point out to important findings of the report, highlighting the strong points as well as weaker areas of the German VET, which is well known for the dual learning and high rate of apprenticeship based learning. These influences by external factor was in the focus of the project research at this stage.

The workshop will build on the ongoing findings of the (2015-2018) Cedefop project on ‘The changing nature and role of vocational education and training in Europe’.

Download documents from the workshop ‘VET in the 21th Century”

This article was originally published on EfVET Magazine – March 2018 issue


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