BRIDGE & FairGuidance Final Conference

27/06/2017 10:00:00 - 27/06/2017 16:00:00

About the conference:

Society and the world of work are once again facing thorough changes. Globalisation and migration, digitalisation and industry 4.0, demographic changes and shortage of specialised workers are just some trends which will cause revolutions in living and working. The education sector has to react to these changes.

Educational and career guidance will gain much more importance. Which challenges, however, will guidance organisations  and above all guidance counsellors face? And how can they support persons with all kinds of educational and social backgrounds in designing their individual education and career paths in the future?

We invite you to go with us on an expedition through Europe. In the framework of two European partnership projects with lead partners from Baden-Württemberg, successful strategies of educational and career guidance have been elaborated. A main focus was on guidance for lower-skilled and disadvantaged target groups. At the final conference of the projects „BRIDGE – Building up regional initiatives to develop guidance for low-skilled adults“ and „FairGuidance“, international guidance practioners will present best practice examples from France, Sweden, Romania, Bulgaria and last not least Germany.

In panel discussions, you have the possibility to discover new approaches of guidance:

- Cooperation as a strategy of guidance

- E-Guidance – educational and career guidance online

- Business Intelligence in guidance

In a keynote speech, Prof. Dr. Peter Weber of the University of Applied Labour Studies will highlight new challenges for educational and career guidance 2030  – requirements of company –  and the individual perspective. Patrizia Santomauro will reflect on diversity in the context of counselling with the help of concrete examples.



More info: visit BRIDGE website

Education priorities Estonian Presidency: Modernisation of education in the spotlight

27/06/2017 12:00:00 - 27/06/2017 14:00:00

Liaison Agency Flanders-Europe (vleva), Kortenberglaan 71, 1000 Brussels

Education priorities Estonian Presidency: Modernisation of education in the spotlight

Join us at the Liaison Agency Flanders-Europe (vleva) on the 27th of June 2017 and discover what the Estonian Presidency will do for education in Europe.

From the 1st of July until the 31st of December Estonia will hold the presidency of the Council of the EU. The Estonian presidency will focus on the modernisation of school education and higher education, on graduate tracking and on the revision of the Europass.

You will discover all this and more at the event Education priorities of the Estonian presidency on Tuesday 27 June from 12 pm until 2 pm. This event is in co-organisation with the Ministry of Education and Training of the Flemish Government.


12.00 pm - 1.00 pm: Sandwich Lunch

1.00 pm - 1.30 pm: Filip Van Depoele, Head of Unit to the Directorate-General Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission (DG EAC) will tell you about the Education Package of the European Commission, published on the 30th of May 2017.

1.30 pm - 2.00 pm: Ülle Kurvits, Counsellor for Educational and Youth Affairs at the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU. She will tell you about the education priorities of the Estonian EU Presidency.


UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning - 3rd International Conference on Learning Cities

18/09/2017 00:00:00 - 20/09/2017 23:00:00

Third International Conference on Learning Cities

Date: 18 September 2017 to 20 September 2017
Where: Cork (Ireland)

Learning Cities play a central role in promoting lifelong learning at local levels, thereby stimulating sustainable development. The third International Conference on Learning Cities will take place in Cork, Ireland from 18 to 20 September 2017. The conference comes at a critical time in global development with countries working towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to which cities have a significant contribution to make.

The conference will provide a platform for cities to share knowledge, exchange ideas and compare strategies and approaches that can be used to further develop or initiate development of learning cities. Participants will discuss the development of learning cities in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly the local implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims to ‘ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’.  

This is the first time that such a major international conference in this field is to be held in Europe. The open, vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Cork offers an excellent setting for the conference. Known as the gateway to the south of Ireland, Cork is a destination to experience the best of traditional Irish culture and a warm welcome from the people. Cork city is also ideally located for exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside of County Cork.

European Vocational Skills Week 2017

20/11/2017 09:00:00 - 24/11/2017 16:00:00

Do come and join the European Commission's Second European Vocational Skills Week on 20-24 November 2017!

The Week will build on the considerable success of last year's Week, by focussing again on a clear message that excellent vocational education and training (VET) can be a path to an equally good career to that available through traditional education routes. This message will be showcased through a number of meetings in Brussels on 22-24 November and all sorts of events/activities across Europe that we will associate with the Week from September to December 2017. The meetings in Brussels will include a VET Day (22/11), an enterprise-education summit to mark the completion of the European Pact for Youth (23/11), and a colourful closing event including an award ceremony (24/11). On 20 and 21 November, we envisage opening events at national level, and a national level "Employers Day" respectively.

The webpage ( will include an electronic registration system for national, regional or local events/activities that we can showcase (once quality-controlled) on a map. This will give you visibility and you are at liberty to use the visual identity for the European Vocational Skills Week. Another main activity will be a focussed communication campaign across Europe, including production of videos and brochures, and significant on-line social and traditional media promotion. The campaign can help you with your own awareness-raising.

The European Commission recognises that they need to do more to reach out to regional and local stakeholders especially, since we take all VET opportunities seriously. Do get involved:

- The Commision puts your names on our Week contacts list, and every time you receive an email from them, you act on it and/or pass it on to your relevant correspondents

- You organise your own VET events to take place between September and December 2017, and apply to register them on our electronic map

- You join a Week-associated event near you

- You use social media to spread the message.

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