Symposium on learning from sectoral approaches to quality assurance of VET - work-based learning partnerships and the role of quality assurance

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24 - 25 November 2014 Venue: The International Auditorium - International Trade Union House; Boulevard du Roi Albert II, No.5/2 B-1210 Brussels.

The Symposium provided an opportunity for deepening the dialogue between VET systems and labour market actors on the quality assurance aspects of:

  • world-class vocational education and training to raise the quality of vocational skills
  • work-based learning, including the number and quality of traineeships, apprenticeships and dual learning models, to help the transition from learning to work
  • partnerships between public and private institutions (to ensure appropriate curricula and skills provision)

The results of the work undertaken in the EQAVET Sectoral Seminars 2011-2013 provided a background for reflection by Symposium participants on how a stronger culture of cooperation between labour market actors could improve responses to the challenges faced by VET systems. This Symposium was opened by Joao Santos, Deputy Head of Unit responsible for vocational training and adult education, European Commission, DG Education and Culture.

Download main messages and results of the EQAVET Sectoral Seminars 2011 - 2013. Presenters Giorgio Allulli and Kim Faurschau, EQAVET experts. The Symposium was organised around three issues:

  • Forecasting the needs for skills - download presentation by Pieter de Jong, EU Liaison Officer – Wetsus, Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Water Technology, Netherlands. Testimony by Johnney Eilander - apprentice, Netherlands.
  • Work-based learning in a lifelong learning perspective - download presentation by Maria Grazia Veronesi, ESEV (Construction Workers College), Veneto Region - Saperi costruttivi project, Italy. Testimony by Ghenade Sinica Laurentiu - LLL employee, Romania .
  • Teacher and trainer skills - download presentation by Hæge Nore, Associate professor at the Department of Vocational Teacher Training - Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Oslo, Norway . Testimony by Ole Christian Drabløs - vocational teacher and trainer, Norway .

The Symposium was designed to bring together key multipliers among policymakers, EU social partners organisations and national employers associations (chambers of commerce and craft, professional chambers, sectoral skills councils, etc). In addition, the Symposium explored the results of the European Commission Sector Skills Alliances (SSAs) initiative launched in 2012 in order to respond to the need to address the current mismatch between the needs of the labour market and the skills supplied by education and training systems in the EU (more information:

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