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History of European vocational training policy published


This news item about training policy is supplied by CEDEFOP:

'An age of Learning', published by Cedefop, analyses vocational training policy developments at European level over the past 40 years. It looks at the current action being taken in Member States in this area and examines the impact of economic and social change on vocational training. It is generally agreed that to meet the challenge of change people need access to learning throughout their working life.

Lifelong learning is regarded as an important element in the development of vocational training. But making lifelong learning a reality has far-reaching implications. It raises important questions about the future of vocational training. Establishing systems of lifelong learning requires a fundamental examination vocational training policy.

To support this process the report suggests Europe provides a reference point through the establishment of a clearer policy framework. This framework should encourage a systematic exchange of information and experience about lifelong learning to support policy-making. The report argues that the elements of such a system exist. The challenge at European level lies in bringing these elements together.

The report contains:
- references to sources of EU legislation and policy statements in the area of vocational training;
- comparative statistical data, including links between qualification levels and employment, earnings, and participation in vocational training;
- analysis of vocational training policies in the EU Member States drawn from their national action plans (NAPS) for employment.

The English version of the report is now available. German, French and Portuguese and translations will be available in the Spring.

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The executive summary is available free in English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish at:

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