Past Events

EARLALL Annual Conference

07/04/2017 11:30:00 - 07/04/2017 13:30:00

Register to our conference - 7 April 2017
Friday, 7th April 2017, from 11.30 to 13.30
Committee of the Regions 
Rue Belliard, 101
1040 Brussels

EARLALL Annual Conference 2017
"Looking into the future: Innovation in regional and local VET systems"

Vocational education and training (VET) contributes to new ideas and solutions in enterprises, economies and societies. Moreover, these processes can be strongly enhanced and promoted when VET institutions cooperate at local level, linked to the regional development strategies. It is essential to work together on the basis of targeted actions and joint initiatives, and this is precisely the objective of this conference. 

In the first part of the conference, we will count on the participation of CEDEFOP and the European Commission:
Setting the framework by CEDEFOP:  the Changing nature and role of VET in Europe: future challenges and opportunities - Mr Jens Bjornavold, Senior Expert at CEDEFOP 
Updates from the European Commission: new initiatives for VET – Mr Joao Santos, Deputy Head of Apprenticeships and Adult Learning Unit, DG EMPL 
During the seminar, there will be the opportunity to hear from best examples at regional level of: 
    New learning settings and processes
    Innovative products and services
    Advanced practices to transfer knowledge to the business network
    Training on new methodological models, anticipating arising needs


EARLALL's General Assemby

06/04/2017 00:00:00 - 07/04/2017 23:30:00

EARLALL's Board Meeting, reunited last October, has set the dates for the first General Assembly of 2017. The GA will take place in Brusselson April 6th and 7th, gathering together member regions and local authorities, as well as observes. The first day will be dedicated to the Board Meeting, while the second one will see the advent of the General Assembly. 

The topic of the conference accompanying the General Assembly will be innovation in vocational training.

Two General Assembly will be held in 2017: one in May and in one October. Both General Assembly will be held in Brussels. This General Assembly in October will see the topic of integration, whereas the one taking place in Brussels will face the topics of integration in vocational training as decided in the previous point.

Financing adult education: workshop and EAEA regional meeting

05/04/2017 00:00:00 - 05/04/2017 00:00:00

Time: 05.04.2017 - 05.04.2017
Location: Porto, Portugal

WHEN: 5 April 2017, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
WHERE: Hotel Tuela Porto, Rua Arq. Marques da Silva, 200, Porto, Portugal

Why should we invest in adult education? Where and how should we invest? The FinALE project consortium will present results of their work, looking at the returns on investment in adult education, funding instruments and indicators. The participants will have a chance to compare the experiences from their countries and discuss how financing adult education can be improved in their national context.

The event will also include an EAEA Regional Meeting for participants from Southern Europe.

Registrations are now open! Please register here before 5 March.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact EAEA Events Officer Aleksandra Kozyra.

FinALE - Meeting and multiplier event

04/04/2017 00:00:00 - 06/04/2017 00:00:00

4-6 April 2017: Partner Meeting Number III will be held in Porto, Portugal, combined with the project's first multiplier event. 

  • Output 5 – Tools (May 2017 – December 2017) will be prepared in Porto, and then the method of input – draft – feedback – final analysis will be followed. The partnership will map and analyse examples of good practices and innovative funding instruments.
  • Output 6 – Policy recommendations (September 2017 – April 2018): a first discussion will already be done in Porto, which will then be reinforced in Hannover. The method of input – draft – feedback – final analysis will be followed.

SHINE Multiplier event in Brussels

28/03/2017 00:00:00 - 28/03/2017 00:00:00

High Vocational Education & Training excellence supporting
growth, innovation, competitiveness - Multiplier event,
Brussels, 28 March 2017
Regione Emilia-Romagna
Delegazione presso l’EU
21, rue Montoyer, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium

The European Union needs competences, innovation, balanced and integrated territory development in order to boost its growth. Higher Vocational Education and Training (HVET), especially for qualifications around EQF level 5, has a relevant role, and a tremendous potential to that aim. SHINE targets actors governing and managing HVET programmes, as well as students, aiming at bridging the gap among local economic contexts and goals set by corresponding regional Smart Specialization Strategies, by acknowledging the role and innovative potential of high-level technical professional profiles.

Click here for the programme of the evet

TALENTS 2nd partner meeting

08/03/2017 00:00:00 - 10/03/2017 00:00:00

TALENTS partners will meet for the second time after the kick-off meeting on March 8th – 10th in Stuttgart. Partners will gather to discuss the progresses of the project and the next steps.

Check out the agenda of the meeting!

Refugees integration through work-based learning

20/02/2017 00:00:00 - 20/02/2017 23:00:00

On 20 February 2017, from 17h30 to 19h00, the Mission of Switzerland to the EU and SwissCore organise a Swiss Education Briefing on Refugee integration through work-based learning. Please get in touch with Julia Grünenfelder ( to have more info on how to attend the event.

ReSet meeting or mid-evaluation of Erasmus+

17/02/2017 00:00:00 - 17/02/2017 23:00:00

On Friday February 17th, the ReSet gruop will meet at 10m to assess the state of the Erasmus+ programme. Register here

Five steps to turn any EU project idea into reality

16/02/2017 00:00:00 - 16/02/2017 23:00:00

Paolo Montemurro, Project Area Director, of Materahub - a consortium of enterprises that operate internationally to support enterprises, startups and aspiring entrepreneurs, institutions and organisations through European projects - will share his tips and tricks of implementing and managing EU projects. 

This webinar series on entrepreneurial learning and EU project is aimed at teachers and others involved in education around Europe. It takes place on the third Thursday every month at lunchtime and is free of charge.

Click here for all the info

EESC, The situation of refugees and migrants with disabilities

14/02/2017 00:00:00 - 14/02/2017 23:00:00

The EESC and its Permanent Study group on Disability rights are organizing a public hearing on the situation of refugees and migrants with disabilities on 14 February 2017.

The objective of the hearing is to draw attention on the situation of refugees and migrants with disabilities, by raising awareness among organizations working with them on the rights and needs of persons with disabilities.

In the first part we will focus on the situation in Greece and will present the report and recommendations issuing from the EESC visit to Lesbos and Athens in October 2016. In the second part we will enlarge the picture and look at what the EU and civil society can do to tackle the crisis in particular with regard to vulnerable refugees and migrants.

Your presence and input are most welcome!

More information here

Education priorities of the Maltese presidency

09/02/2017 00:00:00 - 09/02/2017 23:00:00

Education priorities of the Maltese presidency

How can we ensure that our education system provides equal opportunities for all children to thrive? The Maltese Presidency is determined to help solve this question. On 1 January 2017 the small island of Malta took on its very first presidency of the Council of the EU. During the first half of 2017, they will focus on:

  • Promoting inclusion in education
  • The further implementation of the New Skills Agenda for Europe (with a specific focus on the European Qualification Framework (EQF) and Europass)

You will discover all this and more at the event “Small island, big ambitions: What the Maltese Presidency is doing for education in Europe” on Thursday 9 February in the morning. This event is co-organised by the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training and the Liaison Agency Flanders-Europe (vleva).


09.00: Registration

09.25: Welcome

Karen Vandersickel, Liaison Officer at the Liaison Agency Flanders - Europe (vleva)

09.30: Review of the results of the Slovak EU Presidency

Jelle Reynaert, Counsellor for education and training at the General Representation of the Flemish Government at the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the EU

10.00: Education Priorities of the  Maltese EU Presidency

Jean Micallef Grimaud: Head of the Unit Education, Youth, Culture and Sport at the Permanent Representation of Malta to the EU

10.30: Q&A

10.40: Coffee break

11.00: Lessons for Policy and Practice from 20 European research projects on empowering educators and the teaching staff for equal opportunities and inclusion

Irma Budginaitė, Research Manager at PPMI and lead author of Policies and practices for more equality and inclusion in and through education: Evidence and policy guidance from European research projects funded under FP6 and FP7, NESET II report (December 2016)

11.40: Q&A

12.00: Empowering teachers for inclusion

Joke Van der Leeuw-Roord, Founder and Special Advisor of EUROCLIO and Board Honorary Member at Lifelong Learning Platform

12.30: Networking lunch

Register here


BRIDGE - 5th partners meeting

02/02/2017 00:00:00 - 03/02/2017 00:00:00

BRIDGE partners will meet in Rennees, France, on February 2nd for a two-day conference on the state of the project. The whole consortium will be there, discussing the progresses made in guiding low-skilled adults.

Offering quality services to all citizens at any point in the lives is an important challenge for regions. All regions participating in the strategic partnership BRIDGE have established guidance systems that support the access of citizens to training and further education. However, these guidance services don’t reach all target groups to the same extent. Above all, only a very small number of low-skilled people use lifelong guidance in BRIDGE regions and the participation of low-skilled adults in up‐skilling training activities is significantly low. Regional actors are, thus, looking for possibilities to improve the access of low-skilled adults to guidance and to develop the quality of guidance services with a view to lower-skilled target group.

The objectives of the project are:

- To strengthen guidance networks, cooperation between organisations and measures

To support low‐skilled target groups through European mutual learning

– To innovate the access of low‐skilled adults to lifelong guidance in participating regions and beyond

– To improve the quality of guidance with a view to the needs of low-skilled adults by supporting professionals in guidance services

– To increase the participation of low-skilled adults in up-skilling activities 

Click here for agenda of the regional multilier event titled "Quality Development in Career Guidance and Counselling Good guidance for low‐skilled adults in Europe"

Erasmus+ Key Action 3 Infoday Forward-Looking Cooperation Projects in the field of Education and Training

27/01/2017 00:00:00 - 27/01/2017 22:30:00

Forward-Looking Cooperation Projects Infoday of Erasmus+ Programme KA3 – Support for Policy Reform – Initiatives for Policy Innovation will take place in Brussels on 27 January 2017.
Click here for the progrmme of the event.

Please note that on-site attendance will be restricted to a maximum of two representatives per organization.

Click here to register. The event will take place in the MCE Management Centre.

Why not follow the event live via our live web streaming? On-line participants will benefit from the same services as those attending: all sessions will be broadcast live.

Project Development Workshop - In 2017, Skills will be Key

08/12/2016 00:00:00 - 09/12/2016 23:30:00

On Thursday 8 and Friday 9 December 2016 EARLALL, together with partner regions and orgaisations, is organising a Project Development Workshop for the upcoming call for proposals  Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic partnerships. 

The PDW Task Force has received and selected the 9 main project ideas, for which a partner selection has been going on. 

Overview of the 9 project ideas:

  1. Platform Maker Education Europe: Waag Society
  2. Cognition & Inclusion: vzw den achtkanter
  3. Improving learning efficiency / learning pathways: PXL University College, Centre of expertise PXL Educational Innovation
  4. Developing new training approaches for ppl w/ mental disorders: INFREP
  5. Supporting Transition towards Education Progression (STTEP): Scottish Wider Access Programme(SWAPWest)
  6. Capacity-building in sustainable tourism: Hasselt University – Transportation Research Institute (IMOB) – Centre for Travel & Tourism Research
  7. Experimental digilab - University of Jyväskylä
  8. Marketable skills/foreign languages: Government of Catalonia
  9. Prevention of the development of Salafist attitudes among young people: State Institute of School Development, Stuttgart, Baden-Wuerttemberg

Here is the programme of the workshop

Thursday 8 December

17h00 Cocktail reception
           Testimonials from 2015 Project Development Workshop participants
           Networking session

Friday 9 December

9h00    Registrations
9h30    Welcome words and introductory presentations
            Meritxel Ruiz i Istern, Minister of Education, Government of Catalonia
            Erik Ballhausen, EACEA, European Commission
            Marc De Vlieger, EPOS National agency Flanders
10h45  Coffee Break
11h00  Project development round table
13h00  Lunch break
13h45 Tips and tricks for your project applications

Here you can read the testimony of a former succesfull project leader!

You can follow the Live Stream of the 9 December morning panel discussion and participate on Twitter using the hashtag #PDW16! and through webstream!

Twitter: #PDW16                    URL to live webstream (through the LLLP channel):

Important notes:

Participation is restricted to selected partners.

To warm up, please join us on 8 December in one of the sessions of the European Vocational Skills Week 2016 and for the evening networking cocktail with the other participants of the project development workshop. 

This event is a co-organisation of Baden-WürttembergEARLALLLifelong Learning Platform, the Liaison Agency Flanders-Europe (vleva)Île-de-France Europe and the West-Finland European Office. It takes place at Vleva, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels.

“Skills are a pathway to employability and prosperity. With the right skills, people are equipped for good-quality jobs and can fulfil their potential as confident, active citizens. In a fast-changing global economy, skills will to a great extent determine competitiveness and the capacity to drive innovation. They are a pull factor for investment and a catalyst in the virtuous circle of job creation and growth. They are key to social cohesion.”

LLLPlatform Validation Task Force meeting

05/12/2016 00:00:00 - 05/12/2016 23:30:00

The Lifelong Learning Platform is hosting the costumary meeting of the Task Force on Validation. You can find here the Registration form and the Agenda of the meeting.

This is the third meeting of the of LLLP Task Force on Validation. While the first meetings have served as the main two meetings to set the agenda of the working group, exchange what participant’s organisations do and what are the main topics covered by this task force, the following meeting the members will have the opportunity to get further into the topic of validation. On one side the meeting will give the opportunity to be updated on the latest developments on the validation agenda on EU level, exchange information from members’ activity in this regard and on the other side it will present the LLLP platform’s newest project objectives as well as discuss the link between the following EC priorities:

● Competence assessment (i.e. InnoVal)

● Competence validation (in the sense of formal certification)

● Competence development (in order to obtain full formal qualifications, particularly for the so called low-skilled)

Scope of the Working Group

In 20 December 2012 the Council of the EU adopted a Recommendation on Validation of non-formal and informal learning for an increased cooperation between the EU and Member States with the goal to have national validation arrangements in all countries by 2018. The platform decided to set up a Validation Task Force in July 2013 in order to follow up on the Recommendation implementation and work both on political and practical proposals regarding the validation of non-formal and informal learning. The task force works as a space for cross-fertilisation and exchange of expertise, meeting three or four times a year.


1. Updates about the latest development in the field (EQF AB, ESCO…) LLLPLATFORM – VALIDATION TASK FORCE – 05 DEC. 2016 - 3

2. LLLP InnoVal project presentation of objectives and link with the work of the task force

3. Building on the ideas from last meetings drafting an advocacy action plan on validation

4. Brainstorming on a High level consultation event with stakeholders and policy makers for 2017


1. Advocacy Action plan for the task force

2. Few ideas for High Level Consultation meeting with stakeholders (MEP, EC, NGOs etc)


● Formal introduction to the topic by guest speaker / expert

● Interactive workshop divided in 4 themes:

Internal recognition of volunteering and NFE; Assessment methods: Reliability, flexibility and transferability; Raising awareness about the value of NF; Cross-sectoral Approach: Engaging relevant stakeholders

Each group will be composed of 5-6 participants. The Workshop Leader will facilitate the discussion and focus on the relevant key points. The expected outcomes are 2-3 concrete advocacy actions / recommendations per theme.

The European Vocational Skills Week

05/12/2016 00:00:00 - 09/12/2016 20:00:00

This first European Vocational Skills Week will take place from 5 to 9 December 2016 with events in Brussels and parallel activities in Member States, EFTA and EU candidate countries at national, regional and local levels. Its aim is to improve the attractiveness and image of vocational education and training by showcasing excellence and quality and raise awareness of the wide range of opportunities.

Before and during the main week (5-9 December), activities and events to showcase excellence in vocational education and training will be rolled out across Europe. During the main week, a series of events/activities will also take place in Brussels (press conference, conference, workshops and closing event with award-giving). The week is underpinned by a sustained communication campaign.

Overview of events/activities

Agenda Adult Skills Conference 

Agenda European Business Forum on Vocational Training 

How can you join?

The Commission invites all stakeholders: learners, parents, companies, business organisations, social partners, education and training providers, adult learning organisations, chambers and other professional organisations, researchers, career counsellors, public authorities, and society at large to get involved. You can register an activity here.

How to follow the Week?

In case you can’t make it to the events in Brussels, EARLALL has got you covered! EARLALL will participate, review activities and produce reports for you! Follow us on FacebookTwitter and on our website! Do you want us to reach out for you? Subscribe to EARLALL's newsletter (at the bottom of this page), for the recaps of all our activities and conferences. 

Besides, you can also visit EPALE on 6 and 7 December and you can watch live plenary sessions, as well as take part in written discussions with your peers from across Europe. Together with  the European Basic Skills Network, EPALE will also be at the Adult Skills Conference providing live coverage, session summaries and other exclusive content on EPALE.

What is EARLALL organising during the week?

Mobility in VET and Apprenticeships

EARLALL, together with FREREF, will participate in the workshop “Mobility in VET and Apprenticeships” following the European Business Forum on Vocational Training. We will present our join position paper “Regions in action to sustain and develop VET learner mobility”

Project Development Workshop

EARLALL, together with other partner organisations and regions, is organising a Project Devlopment Workshop, titled "In 2017, Skills willl be Key!". Find out more on the workshop and on project ideas.

Lifelong Learning Platform Interest Group lunch debate on Skills Agenda

30/11/2016 11:00:00 - 30/11/2016 15:00:00

The LLL Interest Group will discuss the Skills Agenda and employment issues. Apart from the members of the LLL IG, the representatives of the Slovak Presidency will present the Council Conclusions and LLLP members will so with their views on the topic.

CEDEFOP Making Learning Visible, European conference on validation of non-formal and informal learning

28/11/2016 09:00:00 - 29/11/2016 18:00:00

Whoever we are, wherever we live across Europe, we are presented with opportunities to learn every day of our life. Beyond the classroom, we can acquire valuable knowledge, skills and competences -, through training courses, online learning, and in our daily lives whether at work, at home or during leisure time. The results of this learning, unfortunately, are often ignored and undervalued.

Validation of non-formal and informal learning is about making visible and giving value to this diverse and often unique learning. One major purpose of validation is to make it possible for individuals to take advantage of the outcomes of their learning experiences and use them to gain access to employment and/or education opportunities.

Despite the increasing political commitment, notably through the adoption of the 2012 Council Recommendation on validation of non-formal and informal learning, The 2014 European Inventory on validation of non-formal and informal learning shows that there is still a long way to go to reach this objective. Further effort is needed to make validation an established, well-functioning and recognised feature of countries’ employment and educational systems.

Cedefop has been working systematically on the issue of validation of non-formal and informal learning since the late 1990s and sees this conference as an opportunity to reflect on the long-term developments in this area – focussing both on what has been achieved and what remains to be done.

The conference is organised in close cooperation with the European Commission and will explicitly address the challenges involved for EU Member States in meeting the 2018 deadline set by the 2012 Council Recommendation for establishing national validation arrangements. 
Conference participation is free. Participants will have to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.

If you are interested in more information please contact: 

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Working Group on Youth Policies - Meeting

25/11/2016 10:30:00 - 25/11/2016 11:30:00

EARLALL's Working Group on Youth POlicieesmet on Friday, November 25. 

The aim of the meeting was to discuss new measures to put youth entrepreneurship under the eyes of the EU Commission. 

Under the thrive of Tuscany, EARLALL's members and observers decided to proceed to an inventory of best practices in European regions and local autorities. 

More details to come!

EAPRIL Conference "Challenges of the Digital Era for Education, Learning and Working

22/11/2016 09:00:00 - 25/11/2016 15:00:00

eapril logo 2016

Challenges of the Digital Era for Education, Learning and Working: 

Researchers and Practitioners in Dialogue

The European Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning (EAPRIL) aims to promote practice-­based and practitioner research on teaching and learning within formal, informal, non-­formal, lifelong learning and professional development contexts. EAPRIL aims to professionally develop and train educators and, as a result, to enhance practice.

EAPRIL’s conference in 2016 focuses on in-­depth dialogue between practitioner researchers who will be able to describe, share and discuss the current and future technological challenges within education. As we are living in a Digital Era, EAPRIL delegates will have opportunities to exchange, think and rethink innovations in education, learning and working, as well as exploring the impact of virtual technology.

Invited sessions and keynote speeches on various practices of research, teaching and training will feed this discussion. Prof. Dianna Laurillard will focus in her keynote on how teachers can become more innovated in virtual learning. How can we support teachers, via technology, to innovate? Prof. Alexander Gröschner will focus on how video-­‐analyses can be part teachers’ professional development. Finally, Prof. Antonio Dias Figueiredo will focus on “Theories of Practice in Education and Corporate Learning: Building Knowledge from Practice-­Based Inquiry” and will reflect on whether or not a need still exists to explicitly address the digital character of our age, due to the indistinguishable mix of face-to-face and online we live in.

EAPRIL wishes to encourage its delegates to accept the challenge of creating innovative teaching/learning paradigms, to dare to create new materials and develop curricula, to present innovative solutions and supportive technology devices and services to prevent information exclusion. We encourage everyone to take advantage of technology to benefit students, employers and society at large during interactions between humans and machines. All advanced scenarios seem feasible. We may integrate new technology into many facets of our daily lives. However, the fact is that technology is not only generating new machines and equipment to support us in performing our daily tasks, but it also suggests new settings, new ways of acting, socialising, engaging, thinking and living, and last, but not least, researching.

However, educators around the world are faced not only with the chances, but also the risks associated with problematic use of screen media, such as cybermobbing, short attention spans, inattention of students due to inappropriate use of technology during analogue teaching experiences (unwanted smartphone use in the classroom), internet gaming disorder and other types of internet addiction. What are the new skills teachers need to become active in  the  prevention  of  problematic  screen  media  use  to  support  pupils  and  their    parents adequately? What are the consequences for professional development courses to empower teachers for informed action to face this other side of challenges of the digital era?

In addition, EAPRIL challenges delegates to discuss and defend established approaches that do not necessarily use new technology. Furthermore, we would also encourage delegates to reflect on the multiple purposes of education and professional learning (such as socialization or professional identity development) within this new era.

EAPRIL 2016 will launch you into this thrilling world and wishes to open up discussion and to stimulate in-­‐depth reflection. Not only for education, learning and ways of working but also in order to explore implications for practitioner research by posing the question: to what extent are our research models, frames, and methods  changed  by,  or  emanating from,  this  digital era?

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Slovak EU Presidency: a step forward for adult education

08/11/2016 12:00:00 - 08/11/2016 15:00:00

How is the Slovak Presidency improving education and training in the EU? Join us for a lunch session on 8 november 2016 to discover the answer. The Slovaks assume the Presidency of the Council of the European Union until the end of 2016. The Liaison Agency Flanders Europe and the Flemish Department of Education and Training decided to provide you with an overview of the issues that Slovakia has put on the agenda. We will give special attention to the Skills Guarantee. This policy initiative will help low-skilled adults acquire a minimum level of literacy, numeracy and digital skills.


70 million adults in Europe have low literacy and numeracy skills. 40% of Europeans do not have sufficient digital skills. These problems are what the Skills Guarantee intends to tackle.

During this lunch session, you will hear the 'how, what and why' of this new initiative. And you will discover an inspiring project that contributes to better skills for low-skilled adults. Finally, we will present you with an overview of the achievements of the Dutch Presidency.

Attendees can look forward to talks by:

  • Ivan Hromada, Head of the Research, Science and Education Unit at the Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU
  • Paul Holdsworth, Team Leader, Skills for Adults, European Commission
  • Karine Nicolay, EPALE Coordinator, Epos vzw
  • Nadia Reynders, GOAL Coordinator, Flemish Department of Education and Training 
  • Jelle Reynaert, attaché Education at the Flemish Representation of the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the EU


12.00 - 13:00: Lunch

13.00 - 13.10: Welcome

Karen Vandersickel, Liaison Officer at the Liaison Agency Flanders - Europe (vleva)

13.10 - 13.30: Why a Skills Guarantee?

Paul Holdsworth, Team Leader, skills for adults, DG EMPL, European Commission

13.30 - 14.00: Education Priorities of the Slovak EU Presidency and state of affairs of the Skills Guarantee

Ivan Hromada, Head of Unit, Research Science and education Unit, Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU

14.00 - 14.15: Q&A

14.15 - 14.25: EPALE: the added value for you

Karine Nicolay, Coordinator EPALE, Epos vzw

14.25 - 14.45: Intermediate results of the European project GOAL

Nadia Reynders, Coordinator GOAL at the Flemish Departement of Education and Training

14.45 - 15.00: Review of the results of the Dutch Presidency

Jelle Reynaert, Counsellor for education and training at the General Representation of the Flemish Government at the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the EU

Practical information

We look forward to meeting you on Tuesday 8 November. The lunch session will run from 12 AM - 3 PM, at the Liaison Agency Flanders Europe (Kortenberglaan 71, 1000 Brussels). The detailed programme can be consulted soon on this webpage. 

Attendance is free of charge but space is limited. Register now using here.

Seminar on the occasion of the publication of the Education and Training Monitor 2016

07/11/2016 14:00:00 - 07/11/2016 18:00:00

What is it?

The Education and Training Monitor is an annual series that captures the evolution of Europe's education and training systems by bringing together a wide array of evidence in one digestible report.

The Education and Training Monitor 2015 puts the spotlight on education priorities most in need of investment and identifies policies that help improve the inclusiveness, quality and relevance of Europe's education and training systems.

Why is it needed?

Since 2012 the Education and Training Monitor has grown into an indispensable reference tool for the European education community, keeping track of priorities under the ET 2020 cooperation frameworklink outside the EC domain, and contributing to the broader Europe 2020 strategy with its headline target for educationlink to another EC website.

The report will be one of the main sources underpinning the Commission's analysis of education challenges and policy developments in the 2016 European Semester.

What has been done so far?

The Commission published the fourth annual edition of the Education and Training Monitor in November 2015. The full report, including a ten-page summary that combines cross-national and country-specific findings, can be downloaded here. An overview of results regarding EU targets for 2020 is also available in pdf.

The Education and Training Monitor 2015 is accompanied by twenty-eight in-depth country reports that complement the cross-national analysis with country-specific data and information on policy measures and the latest reforms. A set of one-page summaries of the country reports can be downloaded here.

Various interactive maps have been created to evaluate the performance and progress of the Member States in relation to the ET 2020 targets.

Finally, additional contextual indicators are provided by the Eurydice Network link outside the EC domain and JRC's Centre for Research on Education and Lifelong Learninglink outside the EC domain (CRELL). Links to this background material can be found below.

Official launch of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition

01/11/2016 00:00:00 - 01/11/2016 23:30:00

The European Commission is hosting the launch of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, a new partnership bringing together all stakeholders and Member States committed to reduce the digital skills gaps in Europe. More information is available on the conference website.

Digital Skills


29/10/2016 09:00:00 - 29/10/2016 18:00:00

The aim of this Peer Review is to present the German approaches to integrate long-term unemployed persons.

The number of long-term unemployed persons has stagnated at around one million in Germany since 2011, but with its “Opening up Opportunities - Ensuring Social Participation” concept the Federal Government has stepped up its focus to tackling long-term unemployment.

The event will focus on how different measures can be used to fight long-term unemployment and the incentives used to enable job centres to focus on supporting the long-term unemployed.

It will also provide opportunities for exchange with other European countries to discuss how effective networks can be established locally and regionally in order to work with long-term unemployed persons and what forms of cooperation are being set up.

This Peer Review will be hosted by Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Berlin, Germany, as part of the Mutual Learning Programme.

The Mutual Learning Programme (MLP) under the European Employment Strategy (EES) aims to:

- support, coordinate and encourage mutual learning between EU Member States in order to assist progress towards the goals of the European Employment Strategy,

- encourage mutual learning opportunities resulting in policy influence at the EU and national levels,

- disseminate the results of the MLP and their contribution to the European Employment Strategy to wider audiences.

The MLP (Art. 149 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union - TFEU) is an important tool for the open method of coordination in the field of EU employment policy.

e-Skills for Jobs: Europe in the Digital Era

18/10/2016 09:00:00 - 18/10/2016 17:00:00

High-Level Conference under the EU Slovak Presidency

18 October 2016, Bratislava

Join us on 18 October 2016 in Bratislava, where policy makers, business leaders and experts from across Europe will gather to reflect on the revolutionary impact that digital technologies have on the way we live, learn, work, today and in the years to come. This digital transformation relies on the availability of appropriate digital skills for all citizens, from the youngest to the oldest, as acquiring such skills will have a positive impact on finding jobs, reducing unemployment and integrating all citizens into the national life.

This conference is the last in the series organised by the European Commission with EU Presidencies under the banner of the 'eSkills for Jobs' (2014-2016) campaign. The conference will take stock of the current digital landscape and explore what the future could bring. We will examine how any gaps could be filled and assess the impact of the previous and current actions. We will address how the momentum initiated by the EU e-skills strategy will be sustained in the future.

The conference will also serve as a major stepping-stone in raising awareness towards ICT professionals, young people and the unemployed that new skills will be needed for the jobs of tomorrow.

This event will have a fresh and interactive format - including panel discussions - focus on best practices, calls for action, practical demonstrations and informal networking opportunities. 

When: 18 October 2016, 09:00 – 17:00

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bratislava, 27/A Trnavská cesta, Bratislava, 831 04, Slovakia
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Stay tuned on the eSkills website and follow us @eskills4jobs
Follow the conversation with the hashtag #eSkillsSK

For more information, please contact: 
Francesca Falco, Project Manager at

The eSkills for Jobs team

Approaches to integrate long-term unemployed persons

13/10/2016 09:00:00 - 14/10/2016 17:00:00

The aim of this Peer Review is to present the German approaches to integrate long-term unemployed persons.

The number of long-term unemployed persons has stagnated at around one million in Germany since 2011, but with its “Opening up Opportunities - Ensuring Social Participation” concept the Federal Government has stepped up its focus to tackling long-term unemployment.

The event will focus on how different measures can be used to fight long-term unemployment and the incentives used to enable job centres to focus on supporting the long-term unemployed.

It will also provide opportunities for exchange with other European countries to discuss how effective networks can be established locally and regionally in order to work with long-term unemployed persons and what forms of cooperation are being set up.

This Peer Review will be hosted by Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Berlin, Germany, as part of the Mutual Learning Programme.

The Mutual Learning Programme (MLP) under the European Employment Strategy (EES) aims to:

- support, coordinate and encourage mutual learning between EU Member States in order to assist progress towards the goals of the European Employment Strategy,

- encourage mutual learning opportunities resulting in policy influence at the EU and national levels,

- disseminate the results of the MLP and their contribution to the European Employment Strategy to wider audiences.

The MLP (Art. 149 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union - TFEU) is an important tool for the open method of coordination in the field of EU employment policy.


10/10/2016 00:00:00 - 14/10/2016 00:00:00

The 14th European Week of Regions and Cities will focus on the challenges currently facing Europe's regions and cities. Building on the implementation cycle of EU cohesion policy programmes, the event will be aligned with the political priorities of the European Commission's and the European Committee of the Regions for 2016 and with the interests of the partner regions and cities.

Discussions are intended to support the implementation of the 2014-2020 ESIF programmes, demonstrate the results of EU investment, showcase examples of good practice, and encourage input for possible future improvements.

EARLALL will participate in 3 events: 

11 October 2016, 9.00 - 13.00

11A13 - How can cities and regions deliver the skills of the future? ONLINE REGISTRATION is mandatory.

Organisers: Smart Partnerships for New Skills (Principality of Asturias (ES), Ave Region (PT), Castile and León (ES), East of England (UK), Mid-Norway (NO), Nilufer Municipality (TR), Normandy (FR), Region Västra Götaland (SE), Warmia-Mazury (PL), West Norway (NO) & EARLALL)

Venue: Norway House

Speakers and chair(s): Ms. Ortiz Jugatx (Chair), Mr. Bozbey Mustafa , Mr. Cunha Paulo , Ms. Dahl Furunes Ingrid , Mr. Jimenez Sierra Jose , Mr. Larsson Joakim , Dr. Ludvigsen Stian S , Mrs. Pedrotti Alice , Mr. Rozłucki Konrad , Mr. Thomson Andrew 

Providing Europeans with the right skills, fostering talent, releasing potential and preparing them for the job markets of the future is at the heart of Europe’s 2020 Strategy. This workshop will showcase best practice from across Europe’s regions on how local and regional authorities are improving the skills and employability of EU citizens. It will explore in particular how to match future demand for specialised skills with innovative provision of education and training, develop new and innovative skill-sets to improve the competitiveness of the local workforce and consider how entrepreneurial ‘start-up skills’ can be embedded throughout education systems. 

11 October 2016, 14.30 - 17.30

11B29 - The Skills Guarantee in your region ONLINE REGISTRATION is mandatory.

Organisers: European Commission - DG EMPL

Venue: European Commission, Centre Borschette, Room 2C 

Speakers and chair(s): Mrs. Bachmann Dana , Mrs. Sagardui Goikoetxea Miren Gotzone , Mrs. Schauwers Myriam 

A large share of the adult population is at risk of exclusion because they lack the basic literacy, numeracy and digital skills necessary for living and working in today’s society. The Commission has proposed the introduction of a Skills Guarantee to give every low-qualified adult a skills assessment, tailored courses to raise their skills to a minimum level and then acquire an upper secondary qualification or equivalent, and validation of the skills they have acquired. The aim of the workshop is to discuss how cities and regions can implement such a guarantee through a partnership approach looking at such issues as finance, outreach, guidance and support. 

12 October 2016, 9.00 - 13.00

Side Event: Regional and local measures to develop the potential of refugees PLEASE REGISTER to attend

Organisers: Earlall, Region Västra Götaland, Baden-Württemberg, City of Göthenburg, Lifelong Learning Platform.

Venue: Delegation of the Basque Country to the EU 

Speaers and chair(s): Mr Michel Lefranc (moderator), Ms Andrea Bernert-Bürkle, MEP Mr Brando Benifei, Mr Fredrik Adolfsson, Mr Jan Elftorp, Mr. Johannes Jung, Mr Gari Pavkovic, Mr Laurent Aujean, Mr Adnan Abdul, Mr Dick Eriksson, Ms Sylvia de Groot Heupner, Mr David Lopez, Ms Brenosa Saez de Ibarra, Ms Irene Armbruster, Dr. Franziska Diller.

Regional and local authorities have the urgent need to find new and sustainable approaches to integration. Thus, they are increasing their cooperation and ensuring synergies between educational, social and employment policies, with a strong support of refugees themselves and civil society.

The Erasmus+ project TALENTS is an example of cooperation and exchange of best practices. Moreover, it aims at up-scaling and implementing “pilot” projects in the participating regions.

Check the agenda

For more information on this event click here



15/09/2016 09:00:00 - 15/09/2016 16:00:00

The EAfA stakeholder meeting is organised back to back and in cooperation with the European VET Policy Sharing seminar on 14 September in Brussels.  The latter is the final seminar of the Erasmus+ Key Action 3 project of five national VET authorities from Austria, Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg and Switzerland creating a digital toolbox for VET and supporting the EAfA. 

Practical arrangements and registration

  • Registration for the EAfA meeting as well as to the European VET policy sharing seminar is available via the following link Registrations are open until 22 August 2016.  Please note that due to limitations of the meeting facilities, the number of EAfA participants in the European VET policy sharing seminar is limited to 30 (to be allocated on a first come, first served basis).
  • Travel and accommodation costs of 30 participants can be reimbursed on a first come, first served basis.  Please do not make any travel or accommodation arrangements, as this will be done for you by our travel agency. 

We would like to make the EAfA Stakeholder Meeting as interactive as possible and therefore ask you to let us know if you would like to make a short contribution with an update on your activities related to the Alliance.  

Please send your expression of interest to the functional mailbox

European Summer School in European Project Management

16/07/2016 09:00:00 - 17/07/2016 18:00:00

4th Edition
Ficulle, 16 and 17 July, 2016

The Association (Transformation In Action) (, association of social promotion, release B00431 of 11.02.2013, Lazio Region.

Introduction: Our Summer School, now in its fourth year, is an annual in-depth study of European planning activities. It is held over two days, so as to facilitate participation and maintain low costs both for members and other participants. We choose a peaceful location – an island of calm, surrounded by nature – away from phone lines, with only a wi-fi connection. Detached from outside distractions, we find ourselves deeply immersed in nature with time and space to reflect and deepen understanding. This also allows for greater time with the tutor, to clarify doubts and overcome any misgivings. The summer school will also include a workshop aimed at developing project proposals in anticipation of upcoming deadlines.

This year we have chosen Erasmus Plus (Erasmus+) and the EPALE platform (ePlatform for Adult Learning in Europe). Erasmus Plus is a programme open to all those involved in education – students, schools, adults and researchers – while EPALE is a multilingual open membership community; both are funded by the European Commission The summer school will be held entirely in English. The teacher is Italian.

Objectives: Learn how to design and understand how to write a European project, and how to respond to an EU Erasmus+ invitation to tender; know the EPALE platform and use it to greatest effect across education projects targeted at adults.

EPALE is a multilingual membership community open to teachers, trainers, academic researchers, policy makers and anyone else who plays a professional role in the adult learning sector across Europe. Funded by the European Commission, it aims to improve the quality of adult learning throughout Europe. The EPALE community is organized around the sharing of content related to adult learning, including news, blog posts, resources, events and courses. Community members can communicate with other colleagues in the adult learning sector through the site forums and by adding comments to blog posts. They can also find projects, establish professional contacts and search the archives for partners. See https: //

Duration: 1 full day (11:00 am to 7:00 pm) and 1 half day (9.30 am to 14.00 pm)
Dates: 16 and 17 July 2016
Venue: Agriturismo La Casella (
Cost: The summer school itself will cost 165 euros for external participants and 150 euros for registered TIA Formazione members. For the external the cost included the associated card to TIA FORMAZIONE for 2016. If you pay through eventbrite or paypal there is a fee to pay requested by the service. If you prefer you can pay requesting our IBAN.

Accommodation costs: Participants should book their accommodation directly with La Casella reception on 076386588.

Please find more information in the information leaflet.

EDULEARN16 Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies

04/07/2016 09:00:00 - 06/07/2016 15:00:00

EDULEARN16, the 8th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies will be held in Barcelona (Spain) on the 4th, 5th and 6th of July, 2016.

EDULEARN is one of the largest international education conferences for lecturers, researchers, technologists and professionals from the educational sector. After 8 years, it has become a reference event where more than 700 experts from 80 countries will get together to present their projects and share their knowledge on teaching and learning methodologies and educational innovations. The 2016 edition of EDULEARN is sure to be among the most successful education conferences in Europe.

EDULEARN is more than a conference. It is an ideal platform for strategic international networking, the best place to present your innovations and projects about education and technology.

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International Conference on Dual Education

30/06/2016 09:00:00 - 30/06/2016 18:00:00

For several years now, the system of dual training has moved into European focus. Many countries throughout Europe and around the world are looking increasingly for concepts of dual education. However, the experiences are different in every Member State.

Therefore the hessian partner regions Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes (France), Emilia-Romagna (Italy) and Wielkopolska (Poland) together with the Hessen State Government and the Chamber of Skilled Crafts Frankfurt-Rhein-Main will bring together these different views and experiences within an International Conference on Dual Education.

Together with different stakeholders, we will look at dual education from different perspectives and provide a platform for exchange.

Programme and registration.

Successfully Finding and Retaining Apprentices - How can it work? Business Strategies to Strengthen Apprenticeships

30/06/2016 09:00:00 - 30/06/2016 18:00:00

Sustainable strategies for recruiting young people interested in in-company training.

Successfully finding apprentices and retaining them as skilled employees – how can it work?

The project supports small and medium sized businesses (SME) in intensifying their commitment to in-company training. To that end, this project provides solutions for the recruitment of young people interested in on the job training. Here the focus is on methods of acquisition, selection and integration of trainees during the first phase of their staff membership in the company.

Over the course of the past few/several years, stipulations for the recruitment of apprentices have increased significantly. Changes in demographics and in educational careers as well as the resulting skills shortages are the main causes. Increasingly, companies are unsuccessful at acquiring young people for in-company training. At the same time, there is a significant number of people each year interested in on the job training that remains without a vocational training placement.

Apart from matching issues, insufficient recruitment strategies are often responsible for these problems. This project therefore seeks to tackle this issue. It supports companies in successfully adapting recruitment strategies and methods in accordance with its own current framework. The focus here is on the optimisation of planning, implementation and evaluation of apprentice recruitment.

The project develops solutions that facilitate both the integration of young people in in-company training and their retainment as future skilled employees. SME also obtain support for promoting in-company training as an attractive vocational education option. Information events and workshops support the regional and national dissemination of project products. Project products are developed through a European partnership and the utilization of international expertise. project offerings :

an information brochure that illustrates the importance of in-company training

- a European good practice manual presenting excellent examples of trainee recruitment gathered in four European countries,

- an orientation kit describing innovative methods, strategies and tools of apprentice recruitment,

- an introduction to standards and key components that ensure successful recruitment of apprentices.

Project offers are predominantly targeted at management, human resources and training personnel in SME. They are further addressed at other stakeholders in in-company training such as social partners, political decision makers and representatives of vocational schools and educational research.

The project is a two-year Strategic Partnership for Vocational Education and Training, to be completed in 2016. It is funded by the EU programme ERASMUS+ and implemented at the initiative of the EU Commission and the National Agency of the Federal Institute for Vocational Training. The project is supported by the Berlin Senate Department for Integration, Labour and Social Issues.

Project duration: Sept 2014 – Aug 2016

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EAEA Annual Conference "Innovation on European Adult Education

28/06/2016 09:00:00 - 29/06/2016 17:00:00

EAEA is happy to invite you to its General Assembly and Annual Conference 2016 "Innovation in European Adult Education" on 28 and 29 June 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. In the evening of 28 June, EAEA will also award best practice projects in Adult Education and Refugees with the EAEA Grundtvig Award.

Register for the event here until 29 May 2016.

Preliminary agenda

28 June 2016

13.00 - 18.00h: EAEA General Assembly, at De Markten, Place Ste Catherine
18.30 - 22.00h: EAEA Grundtvig Award Ceremony and Dinner, at Le Cercle des Voyageurs

Please note that we ask for a contribution of EUR 50 from the participants of the EAEA Grundtvig Award Ceremony and Dinner to cover subsistence costs of the event.

29 June 2016

EAEA Annual Conference: "Innovation in European Adult Education"
09.00 - 14.00h: Workshops 1 and 2 (and lunch), at Permanent Representation of Lower Saxony to the European Union

Innovation in financial education for young adults at risk (final event of EDU-FIN project)

Videos as an innovative tool for awareness raising about adult education (final event of Live and Learn project)

14.00 - 16.30h: Workshop 3, at European Economic and Social Committee

Action plan for validation and non-formal adult education (final event of AVA project)

Practical information

Further information can be found in the practical information package available as a download.

Please do not hesitate to contact the EAEA Membership and Events Officer Raffaela Kihrer if you have any questions.

We are active in social media before, during and after the event! Event hashtags include #EAEAga#EAEAconf and #EAEAaward.

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3rd European Monitoring Conference NetWBL "Work-based Learning 2020"

28/06/2016 09:00:00 - 29/06/2016 15:00:00

Logo NetWBL

The contribution of work-based learning in supporting youth employment and economic competitiveness is widely recognised. Countries with strong and attractive Vocational Education and Training (VET) systems, and notably those with well-established apprenticeship systems, tend to perform better in terms of youth employment.

Therefore NetWBL aims to strengthen work-based learning (WBL) elements in existing VET systems and Higher Education and to support apprenticeships in particular. The main output of the network is the WBL – TOOLKIT ( which makes results of EU funded best practice projects from Lifelong Learning Programme and Erasmus+ Programme on this topic more visible. NetWBL addresses the key actors involved in WBL in each European country taking into account the different VET and Higher Education systems and legislative regulations. Furthermore, NetWBL supports the European Alliance for Apprenticeships.

Key focus of the Berlin event will be put on “What happened until 2016 in the world of WBL? What are the trends for the future?” The conference will conclude with specific NetWBL recommendations for the Erasmus+ Programme formulated by focus groups.


The event will gather about 250 participants from the countries participating in the Erasmus+ Programme: public authorities, social partner organisations, education and training stakeholder organisations, national agencies for the programme and various experts.

Venue and date

The conference will take place on 28 – 29 June 2016 at Leonardo Royal Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz, Berlin, Germany.

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22/06/2016 09:00:00 - 22/06/2016 16:00:00

On 22 June 2016, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission will host a Thematic Event under the umbrella of the Mutual Learning Programme addressing the integration of asylum seekers and refugees.

It will present the best ways to integrate asylum seekers and refugees in European labour markets and their specific social integration needs.

The event will provide opportunities for European countries to discuss the integration of asylum seekers and refugees into the labour market, the role of civil society organisations, local authorities and private sector in integrating asylum seekers and refugees into society as well as ways to assess, recognise, validate and adapt the skills and qualifications of migrants.


If you are interested in attending this event in Brussels (at the Thon hotel EU, rue de la Loi 75), then please complete the registration form (deadline extended)

Please note that travel and accommodation cannot be guaranteed to those who register after the original deadline (which was 29 May 2016).

More info. 


20/06/2016 09:00:00 - 20/06/2016 15:00:00

On 20 June the European Commission is launching the New Skills Agenda for Europe to boost human capital, employability and competitiveness.

To address the pressing concerns and prepare for the future, the actions of the New Skills Agenda focus on 

- ensuring higher and more relevant skills,

- improving visibility and use of available skills,

- reaching a better understanding of skills needs and trends in the labour market.

The launch event will gather the audience from a wide spectrum of employment and education stakeholders and will feature high-level speakers from European and international institutions. It will be a highly interactive event offering opportunities to network and build partnerships for skills.

Join the debate!

Join us to learn about the New Skills Agenda for Europe and to claim your stake in the debate!

You can follow the event on Twitter with the hashtag #EUSkillsAgenda or via livestreaming.

2nd International Conference on Vocation and Professional Education and Training

20/06/2016 09:00:00 - 22/06/2016 15:00:00

From Skills to Prosperity – Sharing Elements of Success

Switzerland’s dual-track Vocational Education and Training system is one of our country’s great strengths. The initial and continuing training of young people is the foundation that enables our economy and society to have an adequate number of skilled workers and managers. The private and public sector share responsibility for the vocational education and training sector and work together as partners.

The second edition of the International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education and Training will take place from June 20-22 2016. The theme to be explored by this edition is «From Skills to Prosperity – Sharing Elements of Success». Its focus lies on the international exchange of successful principles within different VPET systems. The Congress offers the opportunity to share and learn from the experiences made in different education systems all over the world and to find out about the core elements leading to successful learning and implementation.

Prominent speakers from both Switzerland and abroad will take part in this congress, including top political, economic, scientific figures responsible for decision-making on vocational education and training matters.

In 2014, the Confederation has launched the first international congress devoted exclusively to vocational education and training. The main focus was on image building, bilateral exchanges between the private sector and policymakers and the presentation of «good practice» in host companies and vocational education and training schools.

The congress is supported by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), the Canton of Zurich, professional organisations and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). For all of these sponsors, the International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education and Training is of great strategic importance.

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EDEN Annual Conference: Re-Imagining Learning Environments

14/06/2016 09:00:00 - 17/06/2016 15:00:00

Our current age has been framed by the concept of the ‘information age’. Sometimes also known as the ‘computer age’. In a networked society as ours, digital technology has touched and changed many aspects of day-to-day life.  For example, many long-standing societal, business and institutional systems have either lost their relevance or have transformed beyond recognition, the music, banking and travel industries being excellent examples. Education does not stand untouched and we observe emerging and declining paradigms, changing expectations from society, our students now framed as consumers, with new and emerging types of informal learning experiences (take MOOCs for example) and all too frequently operating in unstable economic and policy environments.

The powerful combination of the ’information age’ and the consequent disruption caused by these unstable environments provides the impetus to look afresh and identify new models and approaches for education (e.g. OERs, MOOCs, PLEs, Learning Analytics etc.). For learners this has taken a fantastical leap into aggregating, curating and co-curating and co-producing outside the boundaries of formal learning environments – the networked learner is sharing voluntarily and for free, spontaneously with billions of people.

How do we as a community of educators respond to these directions? What could it mean for learning and the changing socio-economic demands of society?

We are set a challenge to really understand our learning environments. To create and invent responses that are possibly not even thought of yet.  Perhaps there are new business models, new policies, different ways to understand technological influences, new ways to interpret the collaborative and social-networked society that we live in: the learning environment, in its widest sense.

Following up on the results of the EDEN Research Workshop (RW8) in Oxford in 2014 and the Barcelona 2015 Annual Conference, a clear focus has been awarded to the expansion of emerging learning scenarios, identifying an ongoing shift towards greater attention to the importance of context in the learning process. The EDENRW8 report from Tony Bates highlighted that openness needs to go beyond the content-centered focus. What is driving the need for new approaches is the massification of higher education and the need to find new ways to create openness, which requires a greater focus on the contexts of learning. This implies an integrated approach to online education and the various ways of openness in education which are now developing.

More present core questions include the tension between human and machine approaches to learning – raising the important question of what in education is best done by humans and what by machines? New knowledge is also needed regarding how to combine scalability with personalisation, as well as about learning context and contextualisation.

The social and socio-economic context is more important than ever. Society itself can be understood as a learning environment, with questions of learners’ connection with the community and the empowerment of the practitioners.

In the new learning environments, the core players and stakeholders – learners, educators, government bodies, educational and learning institutions – increasingly acknowledge the chance for constructive and positive changes.

How do we as a community of educators respond to these directions?  What could it mean for learning and the changing socio-economic demands of society? What can we, the community of experienced educators, say about this?

Let’s evaluate and invent better responses regarding these changing socio-economic demands, the functioning of institutions, the new tools and their usability, the collaborative learning cultures, digital pedagogy and more… In other words the learning environment in its widest sense.

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Methods for forecasting skills needs for the economy

13/06/2016 09:00:00 - 14/06/2016 17:00:00

This Peer Review will present the Irish methods for forecasting skills. It will address the techniques used in different countries to generate estimates on future demand for skills and the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches to facilitate improvements in practices at the EU and national level.

The event will provide opportunities for exchange with other European countries to discuss challenges that have been encountered when modelling the future demand for skills, the shortcomings of the approaches used, the format in which the estimates of the future demand for skills are presented, published and disseminated and the key users of the data.

The Peer Review will be hosted by SOLAS, the Irish Further Education and Training Authority, Dublin, Ireland, as part of the Mutual Learning Programme.

The Mutual Learning Programme (MLP) under the European Employment Strategy (EES) aims to:

- support, coordinate and encourage mutual learning between EU Member States in order to assist progress towards the goals of the European Employment Strategy,

- encourage mutual learning opportunities resulting in policy influence at the EU and national levels,

- disseminate the results of the MLP and their contribution to the European Employment Strategy to wider audiences.

The MLP (Art. 149 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union - TFEU) is an important tool for the open method of coordination in the field of EU employment policy.

6th European Conference on Lifelong Guidance Policy

13/06/2016 09:00:00 - 14/06/2016 18:00:00

We are very happy to let you know, that the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in cooperation with Euroguidance Netherlands, will organise the 6th European conference on lifelong guidance policy, as indicated in the last ELGPN network meeting in Finland. We all expressed the relevance of continuity of our work on lifelong guidance and to exchange our policies and experiences.


The programme will start Monday morning and will end on Tuesday after lunch. We are still working on the content of the conference. A main topic will be regional cooperation and regional structures in career guidance. Therefore Euroguidance Netherlands will make an analysis in cooperation with Euroguidance centers in Finland and Estonia. Input will be the organisation of regional cooperation and finances, success factors and other relevant elements from various countries. Also related issues such as decreasing youth unemployment and early school leaving will be topics. A half day might be dedicated to a feedback session on the plans for the European commission led working group on lifelong guidance policies (the follow up of the ELGPN). The programme will be available at the end of March / beginning of April.


The  conference, which will last for one and a half days, is aimed at participants who are involved in national and regional, policy and practice of lifelong guidance. There will be a maximum of two participants per country – excluding any participants that we will invite as experts or representatives of a European guidance related organisation.


Programme - background information

Practical information

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Lifelong Learning Platform Annual Conference "Imagining the learning community of tomorrow"

31/05/2016 09:00:00 - 01/06/2016 17:00:00

The Platform is happy to announce its Annual Conference 2016 will take place on 31 May and 1 June 2016 in Bratislava, Slovakia. This year’s topic: “Imagining the learning community of tomorrow”. 


The Conference / Programme / Register / Partners / Discover Slovakia!

Imagining the future is not a dream, it is about facing today’s challenges and those of the future. This requires collective commitment and solidarity. Gathering some 150 experts and practioners in education from all over Europe, the conference will be the opportunity to share practices from all over Europe to learn from each other and build creative solutions. It will encourage participants to build partnershipsto meet Europe’s most pressing challenges.

Discover a full programme of activities: be inspired by speakers, choose your workshops, organise your visit to a local training centre… They are all meant to inspire you, give you space to share and discuss, help you find project partners…!

And don’t miss the final outcome: building a model of the learning community of tomorrow, thanks to the collaboration of the Faculty of Architecture of Bratislava.

Visit the website: and register now!


Teachers for tomorrow

26/05/2016 09:00:00 - 26/05/2016 14:00:00

Teachers have always played a crucial role in children’s life. But are they still on top of things? On Thursday 26 May 2016, from 9.30 to 1.00 pm, the Liaison agency Flanders-Europe (vleva) and Catholic Education Flanders discuss with experts from Flanders, Scotland and the UK about the ideal profile of the teacher for tomorrow. 

What kind of teachers do we need?

What does this mean for teacher’s training and trainers of teacher’s training? 

How can lessons learnt from the Scottish case benefit Flanders?  

Class groups are more diverse than ever, the demand for almost tailor-made education is continually growing, and teachers have more and more job responsibilities to cover.  

At the same time, a teacher's role to develop young people in all aspects of their personality is reduced. Because learning objectives need to be attained and learning outcomes need to be measured at all costs. 


9.15 - 9.30      Registration
9.30 - 9.40      Introduction by prof. dr. Lieven Boeve, director-general of Catholic Education Flanders 
9.40 - 10.00    A History of teacher education: values and purposes, dr. Eline Vanassche, Leuven University
10.00 - 10.35  How is the teacher’s training organised today? Prof. dr. Maarten Simons, Leuven University
10.35- 10.55   Coffee break
10.55 - 11.30  Virtuosity in teaching and teacher education, Prof.dr. Gert Biesta, Brunel University London
11.30 - 12.05  A contemporary, solid and inspiring example: teacher’s training in Scotland, prof. dr. Mark Priestley, University of Stirling
12.05 - 12.40  From teaching to teaching about teaching: identity, knowledge, and commitments, dr. Eline Van Assche, Leuven University
12.40 - 12.45  Closing remarks by Geert Schelstraete, advisor Catholic Education Flanders
12.45  - 14.00 Light networking lunch 


The event is held in English, participation is free of charge. Please register by using the webform before 20 May 2016. 

Towards a shared vision of apprenticeships

26/05/2016 09:00:00 - 27/05/2016 17:00:00

This conference takes place further to the individual projects that have been conducted by the cross-industry employers’ organisations on the cost-effectiveness of apprenticeship schemes and by the ETUC on a quality framework for apprenticeships. The purpose is to discuss the outcomes of each project and to identify possible areas for joint messages and/or future cooperation.

Jointly organised by

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Peer Review on 'Labour market inclusion of international protection applicants and beneficiaries'

23/05/2016 09:00:00 - 24/05/2016 17:00:00

The current refugee crisis is stressing the mechanisms in European countries to deal with asylum requests and general migration on economic grounds. This Peer Review will present the specific Spanish experience on labour integration of applicants and beneficiaries of international protection.

The event will provide opportunities for exchange with other European countries to discuss topics related to the evaluation of social and labour market integration programmes, secondary movements (formal relocation, relocation on individual basis), recognition of qualifications, fast track to acquire basic language skills, social integration and acquiring new home society values.

The Peer Review will be hosted by the Ministry of Employment and Social Security, Spain as part of the Mutual Learning Programme.

The Mutual Learning Programme (MLP) under the European Employment Strategy (EES) aims to:

- support, coordinate and encourage mutual learning between EU Member States in order to assist progress towards the goals of the European Employment Strategy,

- encourage mutual learning opportunities resulting in policy influence at the EU and national levels,

- disseminate the results of the MLP and their contribution to the European Employment Strategy to wider audiences.

The MLP (Art. 149 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union - TFEU) is an important tool for the open method of coordination in the field of EU employment policy.

EARLALL Board & General Assembly 2016

12/05/2016 09:00:00 - 13/05/2016 15:00:00


Earlall members met on the 12th and 13th May for the Annual Meeting at the Committee of the Regions and at the Delegation of the Basque Country to the EU in Brussels. These DAYS, bringing together participants from a variety of regions, constitute a milestone in EARLALL’s daily work: your experiences and exchanges shape our future activities and constitute a genuine moment of dialogue and peer exchange on lifelong learning.

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OECD workshop on work based learning

28/04/2016 09:00:00 - 28/04/2016 18:00:00

Recognising skills acquired through work-based learning

The issue and scope

Workplaces are great places to learn but obtaining recognition of what has been learned is often hard. Such recognition has many potential benefits, in particular to workers who seek a new job but lack  formal proof of their competence. Sometimes the recognition relates to a formal programme of work-based learning – for example a work placement that is part of a postsecondary qualification. But many skills are also developed by workers as they go about their jobs, trying out different techniques, sometimes advised by colleagues, honing their skills through experience.  These informally acquired skills are important, but often go unrecognised.  This module examines policy issues and country practices surrounding the formal recognition of skills acquired through work-based learning (WBL). One form of recognition is professional examinations or certifications, which assess a package of skills and certify a person as job-ready, and sometimes, although not always, such assessments are free of any requirements for fixed programmes of study or specific work experience. The module will look at formal skill recognition among young people who participate in WBL as part of their initial training, as well as workers at later stages of their careers who benefit from learning opportunities while working.

A key challenge is to ensure that skill recognition routes are transparent, underpinned by credible and consistent assessment procedures and lead to qualifications recognised in the labour market. In the case of practical vocational skills paper and pencil tests are poorly adapted, but tests of practical skills can be hard – and costly. The institutional context also matters and practices vary widely between countries and sectors in how skill recognition routes are regulated and implemented. Some arrangements are strongly regulated under a national framework, while some certification procedures are driven by private bodies with no public involvement. The arising challenges and potential policy levers will depend on governance arrangements. This module will focus on these two aspects: the governance of skill recognition and the practical challenges of skill assessments. The work will describe existing approaches, analyse the arising policy challenges and distil policy messages.

Key steps

A discussion paper will be shared in advance of a one-day workshop that is scheduled to take place on 28 April 2016 in Bern, Switzerland. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss how to design and implement transparent and reliable skill recognition procedures. It will provide countries an opportunity to discuss the initial analytical work, share their experience and observe a real life practical skill assessment in Switzerland. A policy report drawing on the discussion paper and conclusions from the workshop will be delivered to the sponsoring countries in July 2016 and subsequently published.

Examples of policy questions explored 

Which stakeholders define and implement the framework for the recognition of skills acquired through WBL? What is the role of public authorities? What are the resulting strengths and challenges?

How are practical skills assessed as part of formal skill recognition procedures in your country? What are the strengths of this process and what are the challenges?

How to balance the need to have transparent and easy to navigate skill recognition procedures while ensuring that there are sufficient options available to respond to sometimes diverse needs among individuals? 

OECD policy reviews of vocational education and training (VET) and adult learning

OECD adult learning and skills study

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EQF Advisory Group

28/04/2016 09:00:00 - 29/04/2016 18:00:00

The April 2016 peer learning activity (PLA) in The Hague provides an opportunity for national stakeholders and experts to exchange experiences on approaches developed at local, national and European level to make visible and value refugees’ skills and competences.

The PLA is organised in cooperation between the Dutch National Coordination Point ECVET, the Dutch National Coordination Point NLQF and the European Commission and Cedefop.

Jens Bjornevald will represent Cedefop at the PLA. His presentation of conceptual and practical challenges will set the scene for the workshop.

FREREF Conseil des Régions

07/04/2016 09:00:00 - 08/04/2016 15:00:00

The morning of the 7th of April will be dedicated to the formal aspects with the Administrative Council (only for the member Regions) and the General Assembly. This will be the moment to come back on 2015 events and actions.

The two following half days will be dedicated to the preparation of the 2016 European University of Regions and Territories. The topic has still to be précised and the dates are not clear yet, but we are happy to announce you that the Malopolskian Region accepted to welcome us again, 10 years after we came for the first time in Krakow. 
We want to thank the Cité des Sciences and Cité des métiers of Paris who are welcoming us for these two days. Another proof for the strong ties that link us together.

Provisional program

Cité des sciences et de l’industrie (30 avenue Corentin Cariou – 75019 Paris)

7th of April 2016 : Amphi Painlevé, level -2 of the SCI Library

10:00 Administrative Council 
11:00 General Assembly 
14:00-17:30 Afternoon of reflection and debate about the next European University of Regions and Territories 2016 topics : Building one’s professional trajectory in tomorrow’ society

8th of April 2016Salle Shadok, Level 0 of the SCI Library

9:30-12:00 Practical organization of the EURT in Krakow, with the representatives of Malopolska: content of the workshops, Regions contributions, Keynote speakers,…

5th EAfA stakeholder meeting

17/03/2016 09:00:00 - 17/03/2016 16:00:00

Around 60 participants took part in the 5th stakeholder meeting of the Alliance. They received an update on recent European policy developments, such as the upcoming Skills Agenda for Europe, on the EAfA Action Plan and Roadmap for 2016 and plans for organising a European Week on Vocational Training. Two workshops were organised, focussing on 1) improving mobility for apprentices and 2) developing an Apprenticeships Support Platform. Read the Meeting Summary or view the video recording.

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07/03/2016 09:00:00 - 08/03/2016 18:00:00

The last phase of the LLL-HUB project, the LLL-AGORA, took place at the Lamot Conference Center in Mechelen on Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 March 2016. Around 180 experts from across Europe gathered in Belgium to discuss, exchange best practices and provide concrete outcomes such as policy recommendations towards the convergence of lifelong learning policiesand their implementation at the European, national and regional level. These outcomes will feed into the final products of the LLL-HUB Project, which has been running for about 2,5 years, such as the “Comparative Report on the implementation of lifelong learning strategies in Europe” and the Guidelines to following the bespoke Methodology which has been developed and implemented throughout the project (both May 2016).

The programme of the Conference, under the overall moderation of Audrey FRITH (Director, Lifelong Learning Platform), consisted of inspiring speeches from different stakeholders and various actors, including Joke VAN DER LEEUW-ROORD, (Secretary General, Lifelong Learning Platform) and Herman BAERT (Professor, Centre for Research on Professional Learning and Development, Corporate Training and Lifelong Learning, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium). Lively panel discussions including project partners, experts and stakeholders focused on both the current status and the ways forward for the implementation of Lifelong Learning policies in Europe. Sophia ERIKSSON WATERSCHOOT (Head of Unit “Europe 2020, DG EAC) and João SANTOS (Deputy Head of Unit, Vocational education and training, apprenticeships and adult education, DG EMPL) gave the European Commission perspective on the discussions and answers to the many questions asked by the expert audience.

During the first day participants were divided to 6 themed Workshops covering the broader areas of: Implementing lifelong learning strategies on the territories – Enrolling people in their lifelong learning pathway – Recognising and valuing LLL Pathways. They were centred around the presentation of relevant best practices that were collected from across Europe and focused on their potential transferability to different contexts.

Three out of the total 21 case studies presented during the workshops (“Learning Works!” from Belgium, “Life Management” from The Netherlands and “Dual Training” from Spain) were awarded the LLL-HUB Award during the LLL-HUB Award Ceremony at the end of the first day.

The second day was focused on the results from the workshops on Day 1, combined with the overall research outcomes and the lessons learnt from the LLL-HUB project in terms of the future of Lifelong Learning in Europe and the optimisation of the implementation of the project’s 5 key Policy Recommendations:

- Elaborate a holistic vision on learning

- Focus on the effects of learning

- Stimulate networks, partnerships and cooperation

- Promote flexible learning pathways

- Foster evidence-based policies and involve stakeholders in decision-making

Following the end of the public part of the LLL-AGORA, a high level meeting took place between all LLL-HUB partners and a representative of the European Commission in order to communicate and discuss the outcomes of the conference and of the project in general. This meeting contributes to the future plans of the partnership in view of developing its Policy Recommendations and furthering their implementation across Europe.

The LLL-AGORA constituted a very successful pan-European conference, proving that the LLL-HUB Methodology has contributed to achieving the wished results, and one step forward in order to “Create a Space for Lifelong Learning” in Europe.


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Fundació Catalunya Europa: La mobilité des jeunes EFP: une opportunité d'accéder au travail, un facteur d'amélioration de la compétitivité

07/03/2016 09:00:00 - 08/03/2016 18:00:00

Conseil pour une formation professionnelle européenne : plus de ressources pour les étudiants effectuant une mobilité vers un autre pays

Les intervenants du colloque "La mobilité des jeunes EFP : une opportunité d’accéder au travail, un facteur d’amélioration de la compétitivité" exigent que les gouvernements régionaux aident les centres de formation professionnelle afin de coordonner la mobilité des étudiants. Ils demandent également que les écoles accompagnent mieux les étudiants.

Partir en Erasmus aujourd’hui est une expérience courante pour les étudiants universitaires. L’espace européen de l’enseignement supérieur permet aux écoles de parler un langage commun grâce au système de crédits et permet aux étudiants de valider les enseignements reçus à l’étranger. De plus, les universités disposent d’un personnel nécessaire pour gérer les séjours des étudiants. Les centres de formation professionnelle, quant à eux, ne bénéficient pas de telles conditions. Il existe donc un écart important entre la mobilité des étudiants et celle des jeunes en formation professionnelle. Ce sont ces thèmes et ces difficultés qui ont été abordés lors du colloque " La mobilité des jeunes en formation professionnelle: une opportunité d’accès à l’emploi, un facteur d’amélioration de la compétitivité ", organisé par la Fondation Catalunya Europa (FCE . 

Ces deux sessions font partie d’un programme de recherche consacré à la mobilité dans le domaine de la formation professionnelle financé par la Commission européenne. Dans le cadre de ce projet, la FCE a lancé un observatoire sur son blog intitulé Agenda Europea. Les discussions ont eu lieu au siège de la Chambre de Commerce de Girona, ce matin; et au Palau Macaya, la Obra Social La Caixa à Barcelone hier. Les deux organisations ont accueilli cet évènement qui bénéficie du soutien de la Commission européenne. À Barcelone, le colloque a eu l’honneur de recevoir Madame Meritxell Ruiz, ministre de l’Éducation de la Generalitat. Elle a notamment appelé à la participation "des institutions européennes afin de faciliter la mobilité des étudiants et des enseignants de FP" et a déclaré que le ministère participerait plus étroitement dans la promotion de la mobilité.

À Girona, Domènec Espadalé, président de la Chambre de commerce de démarcation, et Jose Polanco, directeur des services territoriaux de l’Éducation de la Generalitat, ont ouvert l’évènement. Monsieur Polanco a déclaré qu’il y a actuellement en cours d’exécution "14 projets de mobilité dans la province de Girona" et que le Ministère a l’intention "d’en mener 17". Monsieur Espadalé, quant à lui, a appelé à une participation plus importante des entreprises dans les programmes de formation.

Au cours de ces deux journées, les experts de la FCE et les organisations invitées ont participé aux discussions. Ernest Maragall, vice-président de la Fondation et membre du groupe Les Verts / ALE au Parlement européen, a établi un état des lieux soulignant que «la mobilité dans pour les jeunes en formation professionnelle a encore un rôle timide," par rapport aux échanges universitaires. Un cinquième des étudiants de l’enseignement supérieur, au cours de leur formation,  effectue un séjour Erasmus.

Pendant ce temps, les jeunes en formation professionnelle se heurtent à plus de difficultés que les étudiants universitaires. L’apprentissage des langues est souvent un défi majeur pour les premiers. De plus, il s’agit "de jeunes qui quittent pour la première fois leur famille pour une longue période", a déclaré Christiane Demontès, présidente de la Fondation des régions européennes pour la recherche, l’éducation et la formation. Il est donc nécessaire que les écoles et les administrations accompagnent donc des "étudiants et les familles" tout au long du processus afin de faciliter l’intégration dans la destination. Les régions devraient également aider les écoles à gérer les échanges. Contrairement aux étudiants universitaires, les jeunes en formation professionnelle ne disposent pas de la capacité administrative des universités, qui bénéficient de ressources plus importantes. 

Il convient d’ajouter que chaque pays organise et règlemente la formation professionnelle selon des modalités différentes ce qui complique la reconnaissance et la validation des enseignements reçus à l’étranger, ou la mise en place d’accords de mobilité. Comme l’explique Madame Demontès, "dans certaines régions, les jeunes ont un contrat professionnel, tandis que d’autres effectuent un stage". L’organisation des programmes peut également varier. Comment gérer la mobilité dans de telles circonstances? Uwe Peleikis, directeur adjoint de l’École de Commerce 1 de Stuttgart, a proposé quelques stratégies: "Nous menons un projet pilote qui combine une formation théorique en Catalogne et une formation pratique en Allemagne". La clé est de tirer parti des points forts de chaque système: alors que le modèle dual allemand permet un apprentissage intensif dans le monde du travail; l’Espagne "est plus efficace pour l’enseignement théorique". "L’échange de connaissances entre les responsables de la formation professionnelle peut aider à connaître le fonctionnement d’autres pays", ajoute l’expert.

La Catalogne a lancé des initiatives prometteuses au cours des dernières années. Le programme de soutien à la mobilité du  Département de l’enseignement fournit des conseils aux centres de formation qui veulent organiser un séjour à l’international, a déclaré Monsieur Estanislau Vidal-Folch, directeur général adjoint des programmes, de la formation et de l’innovation de l’éducation. Pour faciliter l’apprentissage des langues étrangères, «le Département introduit des langues étrangères comme l’anglais au cours de l’apprentissage» dans le programme, au-delà de "sujets spécifiques". Monsieur Vidal-Folch a également rappelé que la charte Erasmus pour l’enseignement supérieur réglemente la procédure des séjours dans 120 centres [catalans] de formation professionnelle, dans le cas des grades supérieurs. Il souhaite l’étendre à 25 centres supplémentaires. Monsieur Vidal-Folch a reconnu, cependant, que le montant des bourses de mobilité pour les étudiants de l’enseignement supérieur est encore limité. La raison? Ces cycles sont en concurrence pour les mêmes programmes Erasmus de financement.

La participation des entreprises est fondamentale. Barbara Arimont, directrice des ressources humaines de Nestlé, a déclaré que son entreprise a initié en 2013 un programme de mobilité permettant à 10.000 jeunes d’effectuer un stage dans différents départements de l’entreprise. Et même si les étudiants en formation professionnelle  -350- représentent une minorité, les résultats sont prometteurs: Madame Arimont a notamment présenté le cas de cinq étudiants de Girona qui ont effectué un séjour en Allemagne. Deux d’entre eux sont encore dans le pays. Et en général, le séjour leur a permis d’accroître leurs compétences professionnelles.

Il reste donc beaucoup à faire pour permettre aux étudiants en formation professionnelle d’effectuer aussi facilement des séjours internationaux que les étudiants de l’université. Mais comme Monsieur Maragall a souligné, "il faut profiter des opportunités qui sont désormais ouvertes pour en tirer des avantages". L’Union européenne est de plus en plus consciente du problème, et s’apprête à en débattre au Parlement européen –le député européen vert a soumis au législateur communautaire un rapport soulignant les lacunes de la formation professionnelle en matière de mobilité-. Et il y a une "myriade d’acteurs", y compris les entreprises, les gouvernements, les écoles, prêts à faire de la mobilité pour la formation professionnelle une réalité. Quelles seront les clés de l’avenir? Francesc Colomé, Xavier Farriols et Josep Francí, experts et auteurs de l’étude "La mobilité des jeunes à la formation professionnelle" de la FCE avancent quelques pistes. Parmi celles-ci, ils proposent des "structures intermédiaires" telles que les régions, pour faciliter la gestion de la mobilité des établissements d’enseignement; développer les séjours, généralement de deux mois, ou améliorer leur financement.

Creative Mindsets. Entrepreneurial Futures.

01/03/2016 09:00:00 - 01/03/2016 18:00:00

The “Creative Mindsets. Entrepreneurial Futures” seminar was held on 1 March 2016 from 13:30 to 17:00 at vleva (Kortenberglaan 71, 1000 Brussels). 

Europe needs an entrepreneurial generation. The challenges we face in both life and work demand a new set of skills, to develop and implement creative and entrepreneurial solutions.

Thinking differently

Interacting with others in new ways

Having the creativity to put knowledge to good use 

Transforming innovative ideas into entrepreneurial value - either economic, social, environmental or cultural

In this seminar, the Liaison agency Flanders-Europe (vleva), the ReSET network and international experts will explore: 

Are European education systems delivering entrepreneurship education? 

How can education build creative and entrepreneurial mindsets?

What is needed to support change?

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13:30 Registration and coffee

14:00 Setting the Scene

Åse Højlund Nielsen (Central Denmark EU Office) and Elin McCallum (Bantani Education)

14:15 Entrepreneurship Education at School in Europe

Results of the new 2016 Eurydice Study, Ania Bourgeois (European Commission)

14:45 European Entrepreneurship Competence Framework

Developing a learning outcomes approach, Margherita Bacigalupo (IPTS, European Commission)

15:30 How can education develop the creative mindset? 

Professor Andy Penaluna and Kath Penaluna (International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, UK)

16:15 Workshop: Supporting change

Starting points and collaboration towards an entrepreneurial future for education

16:50 Conclusions

17:00 Close 

19:30 Informal dinner

All participants are invited to continue networking at an informal dinner in Brussels city centre 


Elin McCallum, or T 0032 (0) 471423917

Åse Højlund Nielsen, or T 0032 (0) 22308732


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Presentation Åse Højlund Nielsen (Central Denmark EU Office) and Elin McCallum (Bantani Education)

Presentation Ania Bourgeois (European Commission)

Presentation Margherita Bacigalupo (IPTS, European Commission)

Presentation Professor Andy Penaluna and Kath Penaluna (International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, UK)


Integrating refugees into the labour market: turning the crisis into an opportunity

22/02/2016 09:00:00 - 22/02/2016 18:00:00

The Labour Market Observatory (LMO) of the European Economic and Social Committee organised a public seminar on “Integrating refugees into the labour market: turning the crisis into an opportunity” on Monday, 22 February 2016 from 2:30 to 6 p.m. at the EESC in Brussels.

The event was organised in cooperation with the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) and highlighted factors which facilitate the employment of refugees, as employees or entrepreneurs. Speakers included researchers, MEPs and representatives of civil society, who will showcased a series of good practices from the grassroots level.

The seminar offered a wide range of views on best practices and challenges in this field and contributes to the extensive work of the EESC in the migration/asylum/integration area, particularly to the  opinion SOC/532 on Integration of Refugees (rapporteur Ms. Schweng, co-rapporteur Mr Gkofas), the work of the IMI permanent study group and the European Migration Forum.

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Mutual Learning Programme of the European Employment Strategy

18/02/2016 09:00:00 - 08/04/2016 18:00:00

'The Guarantee for Youth' (a particular measure within the broader context of the Youth Guarantee), Paris, France, 7-8 April 2016

‘Designing and implementing effective strategies to support the integration and retention in the labour market of youth at risk’, Stockholm, Sweden, 18-19 February 2016

Annual Thematic Synthesis Report 2015 - Key policy messages from the MLP activities

EP Interest Group on Lifelong Learning discussed education and personal development

16/02/2016 09:00:00 - 16/02/2016 15:00:00

MEPs and other participants discussed the importance of peer and mutual learning, collaboration between the multi-faceted actors in education. Only a holistic approach to education can support personal development, key to the success of any educational endeavour. 

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Initiated by EAEA and Lifelong Learning Platform together with a number of MEPs, the Interest Group on Lifelong Learning brings together civil society representatives and MEPs to discuss key issues connected to lifelong learning with strong emphasis on adult education.

An important reason to form the Interest Group on Lifelong Learning is the new European Commission and its priorities. We stand for a comprehensive and trans-sectorial lifelong learning approach, and want to stress that education is not only about employment, but is linked to personal development, social inclusion, active citizenship, and much more. The interest group works as a "watchdog" to what the European Union is doing.

The focus of 2015–2016 is "Inclusive education for inclusive societies". The group aims to fight inequalities and discrimination in education in order to reach the Europe 2020 and Education and Training 2020 headline targets and contribute to the EU growth strategy this way.

Skills for a Lifetime - towards a future proof VET

16/02/2016 09:00:00 - 17/02/2016 18:00:00

The conference on vocational education and training (VET) to be held in the framework of the Dutch EU Presidency will be focusing on vocational education that provides the fundamentals for a starting position on the labour market, and is at the same time capable of responding to learning needs that may arise in a subsequent career. Lifelong learning is therefore one of the three themes in the conference and the overall theme is ‘Skills for a lifetime’. The conference provides inspiration and stimulation on three themes of interest to Europe: excellence in VET, lifelong learning and internationalisation of VET.

The core of the conference involves demonstrating best practices and bringing together people employed in education and business. It builds on the ‘medium term deliverables for VET’ as adopted under the Latvian EU Presidency (Riga conclusions), and will also help implementing those. Secondly, the aim of the Dutch EU Presidency is that the conference will also result in new ideas which could be input for the broader “New Skills Agenda” as announced by the European Commission (to be published early 2016) and related discussions in the Council. 

Jet Bussemaker, the Dutch education minister, will open the conference after lunch on Tuesday 16 February. Her short speech will be followed by the keynote speech by Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility. There will be pitches and a plenary debate, as well as six parallel workshops. Delegates will be invited to a dinner on the evening of 16 February, and the conference will end with a lunch on 17 February. 

Boosting the entrepreneurial spirit – pioneering regions and cities in Europe

09/02/2016 09:00:00 - 09/02/2016 18:00:00

One of the current key challenges in Europe is renewing and stabilising economic growth. In order to truly achieve dynamic growth in Europe and remain competitive in the global economy, Europe must find new, innovative and creative solutions to its challenges.

This event focused on experiences from European Entrepreneurial Regions (EER) and potentially from others, showcasing the benefits of entrepreneurial spirit by answering the following questions:

What did the regions and cities do to become "entrepreneurial"?

What is the role of decision-makers and administrators at all governance levels in boosting an entrepreneurial mindset and spirit?

How can the positive results be shared and scaled up? Which EU tools and support are most effective?

How can a bottom-up process be shaped, initiated and supported?


Session 1: Fostering entrepreneurship and innovation

Dimitri Corpakis

Nicolas Duhamel

Session 2: Better regulation and reduction of administrative burden

Maarit Nyman

Derek McCallan

NETH-ER: Skills Seminar

28/01/2016 09:00:00 - 28/01/2016 15:00:00

Skills is a hot topic, both on the regional, national and European level. The European Commission will present a European Skills Agenda on the 25th of May 2016. During a Neth-ER Seminar, international experts have shared and discussed ideas and ingredients for this European Skills Agenda. A public consultation will be opened by the European Commission in February 2016.

What should be the set of skills that young people need to find and create future jobs? How can we upgrade the skills of European people? These questions form the context of the upcoming Skills Agenda and the Neth-ER Skills Seminar of 27 January 2016. The seminar started with keynote speeches from the OECD and UEAPME (a European association representing SME’s). In their contributions the topics ‘the skills we have’ and ‘the future skills we need’ in Europe were addressed. After a plenary start, the experts were mixed into two parallel sessions, one on vocational education and training (VET) and one on higher education.

Skills for the region or for the world?
The parallel sessions were focussed on finding practical insights, experiences and questions that the Commission could address in the Skills Agenda. Examples of Erasmus+ regulations that stifle mobility were mentioned and questions were raised about the notion of what skills are and which skills students need. There was some discussion on the extent to which skills need to be relevant for the regional economy or for a European labour market. In the VET sector the majority of the people emphasised the importance of the region, while in the higher education sector generic, more transversal skills for an international labour market were mentioned as crucial success factors.

The upcoming Skills Agenda
The representatives of the Commission underlined that skills are on the top of the EU agenda, and that they want a smart approach to tackle the problems. The Skills Agenda will not be a broad multi-annual strategy but an agenda to identify and tackle very specific problems that people face on the labour market. The three main topics of the Skills Agenda will be:

1. providing the skills the economy needs;

2. making skills transparent for employers;

3. understanding the skills needs of tomorrow.

In February 2016 an online consultation will be opened by the European Commission. Stakeholders, policy makers and experts will be able to give their input in a structured way. From the European Commission we understood that the European Skills Agenda is due to be adopted on 25 May 2016. After the publication, Council and Parliament will have their say on the document.

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Article Neth-ER: Dutch ministers present priorities in Parliament

VET for Young people in Europe. Fostering mutual learning, forging the future together

26/01/2016 10:00:00 - 26/01/2016 15:00:00

Dubbed as „the lost generation“, around 7.5 million young Europeans are unemployed and have not yet completed any vocational training or apprenticeship. High unemployment in many European countries is not only threatening individual biographies but also the future economic development in Europe. Well-developed vocational-training systems provide specific professional qualifications and facilitate access to the labor market. They also give young people the opportunity to participate and engage socially and economically. However, vocational training is failing to reach is full potential in many countries. Trade unions and employers alike can contribute to actively creating educational opportunities and employment chances for Europe’s youth. The study „Vocational Education and Training for Young People in Europe – Fostering mutual learning, forging the future together“ puts forward appropriate policy recommendations to cope with this challenge.

We would like to invite you to the presentation of the study and to a debate about new approaches for vocational training in Europe.

In cooperation with

Representation of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia to the European Union

Hans-Böckler Foundation

Konrad-Adenauer Foundation

Vodafone Foundation Germany

Study in cooperation with Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and Vodafone Stiftung Deutschland

Sara-Julia Blöchle / Regina Flake / Tarrin Khairi-Taraki / Markus Körbel / Sarah Pierenkemper / Corinna Rauland / Dirk Werner / Daniel Wörndl: Vocational Education and Training for Young People in Europe – Fostering mutual learning, forging the future together