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NEW VET Third Newsletter

The project “Network fostering the European Work-based learning system for VET providers” (NEW VET), co-funded by the EU Erasmus+ (KA3) programme, aims to foster partnership and cooperation among VET providers to become effective actors in supporting VET reforms at national and European levels.

NEW VET enhances the quality of national VET systems by promoting the effective implementation of EU recommendations and tools. The project also raises awareness on the Work-Based Learning system aspiring to make VET a more popular and attractive choice.

NEW VET 2nd Training Hotspot

As the circumstances did not allow another implementation, the 2nd training hotspot was organized in an online format on 3rd, 11th and 15th December 2020. The French partner Lycée C. et A. Dupuy-Greta du Velay arranged an interesting combination of input sessions and workshops while including Moodle as an online working platform.

Day one was dedicated to ECVET, the European system for mutual recognition of learning outcomes in VET. As an introduction, Ms Banse, the French ECVET expert, introduced the concept of ECVET. Afterwards another French and a German organisation presented their practical experiences of applying ECVET to mobilities. Finally, all partners had the chance to check and exchange their conditions for implementing ECVET.

Day two brought some interesting opportunities to all participants to learn more about the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) that was presented by Ms Nika Mustar from the SQF-EQF National Coordination Point of the Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for VET and the Europass platform introduced by Ms Špela Pogačnik Nose, a Europass coordinator from Slovenia. All partners were asked to reflect and present their national qualification frameworks in relation to the EQF. Experts from Slovenia, Germany and France introduced NQF, the challenges for ECVET in times of crisis presented by Mr Hartmut Schaefer, the German ECVET expert, and how they applied the different EU tools in work-based learning presented by Ms Sandrine Fortunato, a mobility reference person from Lycée C. et A. Dupuy-Greta du Velay. Afterwards, partners received an overview of the updates of the Europass platform and its functions. They were also invited to create a Europass profile including Europass documents (CV etc.) for themselves to get familiar with the platform.

The third training day followed a quite practical approach. First of all, partners presented the results of their online assignments on the implementation state of the EU Framework for quality and effective apprenticeship and on their individual Europass CVs. In the morning the training host also prepared a workshop session where partners could test their competences in formulating concrete units of learning outcomes. The afternoon was dedicated to measuring each partners’ conditions for implementing ECVET as well as each partners’ internationalisation strategy.

NEW VET 3rd Training Hotspot

As the 3rd Training Hotspot was also affected by COVID19, the partnership hosted this event as an online seminar. It was held on three days: 28th January, 4th February and 9th February 2021 and hosted by IHK-Projektgesellschaft mbH. As Moodle already proved to be good training support, it was applied again for the 3rd training event.

The first training day was dedicated to making participants understand the different actors in work-based learning (WBL), their names and relations in different EU countries. Partners were invited to learn more about possible cooperation paths, ie. as researched in Spain and Austria and become aware of necessary changes to ease the cooperation efforts in your country.

The second day covered good practices on effective WBL systems and learning outcomes. Participants experienced the cooperation of VET schools and training companies. Moreover, the idea was to facilitate a better understanding of opportunities that collaborative training can offer and check their feasibility for their own national systems.

Finally, the last training day was practice-oriented. Participants were invited to explore possible pilot activities on WBL cooperation to be implemented throughout the NEW VET project. Participants became familiar with a good example of cooperation between VET schools and training companies by Lise Meitner VET school in Berlin, specifically focussing on the impact of COVID19. All participants were keen on the Mahara tool (ePortfolio tool and tool for cooperation with companies) that is used by the Lise Meitner VET school when exchanging information with the companies as well as participants could capitalize on shared partners’ ideas on cooperation activities with other VET providers and companies for own pilot activities.

NEW VET Stories 2020

We would like to share with you our latest booklet, in which we have collected all the winning stories from the NEW VET “Share your story” contest 2020 from the five project partner countries: Italy, Germany, France, Slovenia and Greece.

To find out more visit our NEW VET website or simply click here

VET News from EU

Midterm online meeting of the Networks and Partnership of VET Providers

📢 We are thrilled to announce that the European Commission distinguished the NEW VET capacity building training hotspots on topics such as ECVET and EQAVET, as one of the top 4 good practices for VET providers.

More information and news you can also find from the project website https://newvet-project.eu/

Source: Presentation VET NETPAR_midterm meeting.pdf

Joint EAfA ILO high-level conference

The European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) are co-organising an online high-level conference on ‘Quality and Effective Apprenticeships (EU) and International Labour Standards on Apprenticeships (ILO)’.

The high-level conference will take place on Monday 15th & Tuesday 16th March from 10:30 until 13:00 CET and will be live-streamed on the ILO & EAfA social media channels.

The conference will serve as an important occasion to take stock of the work of the EU and the ILO in setting quality standards for apprenticeships. It will feature keynote interventions from the European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, and Director-General of the ILO, Guy Ryder. On the three-year anniversary of the adoption of the European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeship, the event will explore apprenticeship reforms in Europe and internationally. Distinguished speakers and participants will discuss a range of topics, including the role of national apprenticeship coalitions in promoting reforms, the involvement of social partners in the development and management of apprenticeship schemes, and the importance of ensuring that the voice of apprentices is heard.

The event will be attended by a range of VET and apprenticeship stakeholders. It will be a chance to explore good practices and lessons learnt, and to inspire future action on apprenticeships on the European and international level.

To participate, you can register here.

Important information for beneficiaries with ongoing projects

On 1 February 2021, the new EACEA website was launched and replaced the old EACEA website.

The new website contains:

  • information on EACEA’s programmes for the period 2021-2027;
  • information on EACEA’s activities and legal background;
  • beneficiaries spaces relating to ongoing projects from 2014-2020;
  • general information about EACEA’s previous programmes;
  • and plenty of other useful information for anyone interested in EACEA!

All future calls for proposal will be published on the European Commission’s Funding & Tender Opportunities Portal (F&TP).