Making Change Happen

    As the 2016-17 Torino Process draws to an end, we ask: How do we continue to make change happen? Through #Cooperation #Delivery #Innovation #Diversification and #Future-thinking. These concepts helped to frame discussions at the Changing Skills for a Changing World: Torino Process 2017 conference in June, and they will continue to take us … More Making Change Happen

Torino Process: A force for positive change!

  For Vahagn Hovhannisyan, the Torino Process is a tool for peace. ‘We come together to develop together – especially by partnership – and it contributes to peace, ’ the official, from Armenia’s State Employment Service Agency, says. It may seem an unusual statement to come from a bureaucrat involved in what many outside observers … More Torino Process: A force for positive change!

Palestine Polytechic University wins the Torino Process Award

Palestine Polytechnic University (PPU) is the winner of the Torino Process Award for the Entrepreneurship Key Competence. European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, presented the award at the closing ceremony of European Vocational Skills Week, November 24, in Brussels. The European Training Foundation (ETF) award recognises outstanding initiatives promoting … More Palestine Polytechic University wins the Torino Process Award

Movers & shakers Montenegro

  Promoting entrepreneurial spirit equips learners with the mindset, competences and skills to build competitive economies. When it comes to entrepreneurial learning throughout the education system, Montenegro is a regional leader. The national entrepreneurial learning team won a Gold Medal the 2016 Euroskills finals. ‘This is very important for us,’ says Marko Vukasinovic from the … More Movers & shakers Montenegro

Talking with Tajikistan’s Deputy Minister of Labour, Migration and Employment

Mountains cover more than 90 % of this landlocked country, the smallest in Central Asia with a population of around eight million people. With the lowest GDP in the region, Tajikistan is also the youngest country by demographic, with one third of the population under 14 years old. The youth bulge is placing considerable pressure … More Talking with Tajikistan’s Deputy Minister of Labour, Migration and Employment

#ETFTRP Update from Uzbekistan

  Self-employment and small business creation are a priority in the Central Asian country Uzbekistan. Entrepreneurial learning has been integrated into the vocational system, which accounts for 90% of secondary education. Graduates receive information and training to develop business plans and are part of the nation’s wider job guarantee scheme. Uzbekistan is also a regional … More #ETFTRP Update from Uzbekistan

Devolution Ukraine: Pt 1.

    The Ukrainian national parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, recently adopted a new framework law on education that brings the system closer to European standards. The European Training Foundation (ETF) provided advice and support on key aspects such as the decentralisation of vocational education, lifelong learning and quality assurance. The ETF’s roving reporter, Nick Holdsworth, … More Devolution Ukraine: Pt 1.

Moving towards the ‘win-win’ with work-based learning

Combining in-company apprenticeship and training with vocational education is a win-win. Businesses gain workers equipped with the skills they need, while learners experience a smoother transition into the world of work. Developing a system of work-based learning and dual vocational education is a priority for ETF partner country the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The … More Moving towards the ‘win-win’ with work-based learning

Taking the Torino Process forward: Cesare Onestini joins the @etfeuropa team!

    Investing in skills, vocational education, qualifications and human capital is at the heart of the European Commission’s new Skills Agenda for Europe. New ETF Director Cesare Onestini says the action plan is just as relevant for ETF partner countries. ‘The challenge is to find a way in which we can promote the Skills … More Taking the Torino Process forward: Cesare Onestini joins the @etfeuropa team!

Business time, presidential style!

Serial entrepreneur Arman Toskanbaev was one of 19 young innovators on show at the Ideas Market, a highlight of the Changing Skills for a Changing World Torino Process conference. His latest endeavour – the Association of Young Entrepreneurs: New Green Technologies, Zertis Project (Kazakhstan) –  enables vegetables to grow all year round in Kazakhstan’s harsh climate. It’s … More Business time, presidential style!

Torino Process helping to drive Kazakhstan’s future

Vocational education and training is the basic element of Kazakhstan’s economic modernization, says Rakhiya Turmakhanbetova, Head of the Education Department of the Akimat of Zhambyl region. That’s because the quality and competitiveness of domestic goods depends on professional competence of the workforce, she says in an interview with the Zhambyl regional newspaper. The region to the … More Torino Process helping to drive Kazakhstan’s future

Torino Process Playlist

Georgia’s Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandre Jejelava, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Mariane Thyssen and incoming ETF Director Cesare Onestini. These are just some of the keynote speakers captured on film at the ‘Changing Skills for a Changing World’ conference 2017. Check out the full playlist below!         … More Torino Process Playlist

#EUVocational skills week returns

The second instalment of #EUVocationalSkills Week is about to kick-off and European Training Foundation (ETF) partner countries are encouraged to get on board! The latest round of the Torino Process round highlights the vast array of developments in vocational education and training (VET) taking place in ETF partner countries bordering Europe. To further promote this … More #EUVocational skills week returns

Moving forward with monitoring and evaluation

Plans are underway in Palestine* to train a new cadre of 30 monitoring and evaluation officers, part of a wider vocational education reform project involving international donors and the technical vocational education and training (TVET) stakeholder community. Issa Amro is taking a lead role, heading up the Palestinian Ministry of Labour’s Monitoring and Evaluation working … More Moving forward with monitoring and evaluation

Lifelong learning: The path towards sustainable development

Lifelong learning is a vital response to the impact of automation and long-term sustainable development, says Italian economist and former labour minister, Enrico Giovannini. ‘We know with automation, with industry 4.0 and all the innovations waiting for us we will (transition) several times throughout our lives. Education is important, but lifelong learning is key!’ Professor … More Lifelong learning: The path towards sustainable development

Optimising value in VET

Three key players in Belarus have been gathering and analysing evidence for the latest Torino Process round: the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour and Ministry of Economics. Each ministry is responsible for different aspects of VET reform – education for process and standards; labour for the development of a national qualifications framework; and economics … More Optimising value in VET

Torino Process: Making skills and VET more relevant

Conclusions of the #ETFTRP 2017 conference. In efforts to boost economic and social development, European Training Foundation (ETF) partner countries have been making progress in vocational education and training (VET) policy formulation and modernising institutional infrastructure. This is demonstrated in the 2016-17 round of the Torino Process – the findings of which helped to frame … More Torino Process: Making skills and VET more relevant

All the best bits from #ETFTRP 2017 on Storify!

Exactly one month ago, we welcomed 300+ stakeholders from 28 partner countries, Europe and beyond to Turin. Tens of thousands more tuned in online for the two-day action-packed programme.  From the young innovators in the Ideas Market to Commissioner Marianne Thyssen’s keynote speech and a singing deputy prime minister, we have captured all the highlights … More All the best bits from #ETFTRP 2017 on Storify!

Torino Process and the Power of Lifelong Learning

Today, advanced countries inhabit a post-industrial world in which people frequently change jobs, have greater social and geographical mobility, have access to unprecedented technological power in their pockets, and are simultaneously producers and consumers of a global news and information cycle measured in minutes. Lifelong learning is a vital response to the impact of automation, … More Torino Process and the Power of Lifelong Learning

Lebanon: Forward looking through the Torino Process

The picture of vocational education and training (VET) in Lebanon has become much clearer thanks to the Torino Process. That’s because there are ‘more analytical factors taken into account’ says Torino Process coordinator, Georges Kalouche, an advisor at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Beirut. In Lebanon, the Torino Process is coordinated by … More Lebanon: Forward looking through the Torino Process

The ‘considerable’ role of regions and cities in boosting skills

Collaborating with regions and cities is crucial for a more highly skilled labour force and commercial innovation, says Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of the Regions. He made the comments at the Changing Skills for a Changing World conference, which concludes round 4. of the Torino Process – the ETF’s flagship evidence-based evaluation tool … More The ‘considerable’ role of regions and cities in boosting skills

Torino Process Entrepreneurship Award

Supporting entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses delivers benefits to the economy and society. The ETF is looking for best practice examples of entrepreneurial learning as a key competence in the vocational education and training (VET) curriculum. The Torino Process Award is open to all VET providers in the ETF’s 29 partner countries, bordering Europe. … More Torino Process Entrepreneurship Award

Innovation in VET: Ideas Market

Entrepreneurship and innovation in vocational education and training (VET) was a key theme of the Torino Process 2017 ‘Changing Skills for a Changing World’ Torino Process 2017 conference. The Ideas Market embodied this, capturing changing skills through the eyes of young innovators. The marketplace featured 19 projects by young people from European Training Foundation partner countries … More Innovation in VET: Ideas Market

Changing Skills for a Changing World – Torino Process 2017

More than 300 delegates from 28 of the ETF’s 29 partner countries, representatives of EU and international organisations are gathering in Torino for the Changing Skills for a Changing World conference. The two-day event is taking place at the Lingotto building that once housed Fiat’s famous modernist factory building. Built in 1923 – and arguably … More Changing Skills for a Changing World – Torino Process 2017

Changing Skills for a Changing World

The future of skills, vocational education and training and labour market systems is at the forefront of the Torino Process 2017 conference on June 7-8. The Changing Skills for a Changing World theme has different meanings. It describes skills that are changing in response the global environment, innovation and disruption. It also describes the effect … More Changing Skills for a Changing World

Taking ownership of the Torino Process

Tajikistan has long been involved in the Torino Process, but the 2016-17 round marks a turning point in ‘ownership’ as it produces its own country report for the first time. In March 2016, the country’s prime minister founded a working group covering the Torino Process priority areas: overview and vision; labour market demand; the social … More Taking ownership of the Torino Process

A growing sense of ownership – Pt.4.

In the lead up to the Torino Process international conference on June 7-8, ETF partner countries have been taking part in a series of regional-level policy forums on vocational education and training (VET) and skills for economic development. Ownership has been a key feature running throughout. We finish the special 4 part series in Central Asia … More A growing sense of ownership – Pt.4.

Innovation in VET: The Starting Point

By ETF expert Julian Stanley. Innovation – in industry and work, science and technology and society – presents both opportunities and challenges for policymakers and practitioners working in vocational education and training (VET). The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Economic Forum and the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training … More Innovation in VET: The Starting Point

Paving the path towards VET reform in Jordan

The Torino Process has been a learning curve in evidence-based assessment, says Ayman Alwreikat, Jordan’s Torino Process national coordinator. Four new working groups kicked off the fourth round of the Torino Process back in May 2016, gathering vocational education and training (VET) system and policy data. The country report was prepared and peer reviewed by … More Paving the path towards VET reform in Jordan

Overcoming obstacles to skills development

Nagla’s cleaning lady in Alexandria, Egypt, leads a double life. During the day, she mops and dusts, vacuums and polishes, keeping Nagla’s apartment, and those of other clients, spick and span. In her free time, back home with her unemployed husband, she pretends to friends, and others in her community, that she is a housewife, … More Overcoming obstacles to skills development

A growing sense of ownership – Pt. 2.

In the lead up to the Torino Process international conference on June 7-8, ETF partner countries have been taking part in a series of regional-level policy forums on vocational education and training (VET) and skills for economic development. Ownership has been a key feature running throughout. We continue the series with the Southern and Eastern … More A growing sense of ownership – Pt. 2.

Torino Process Driving Skills and Social Dialogue in Serbia

In Serbia, preparatory work for a national qualifications framework (NQF) is approaching its conclusion: a new NQF law should be ready for parliamentary approval by September. Torino Process Coordinator Rade Erceg, a vocational teacher at an engineering school near Belgrade, is excited. ‘I am proud that we are so close to the NQF and the … More Torino Process Driving Skills and Social Dialogue in Serbia

Re-thinking qualifications for the new economy

Eric Livny holds radical views on how policymakers can best respond to how people’s skills are assessed, quantified and recorded. And how skills can better respond to jobs in the rapidly changing, digitalised world of work. Mr Livny, President of the International School of Economics Georgia, sees certification as blocking progress in the new economy. ‘But … More Re-thinking qualifications for the new economy

Torino Process delivering ‘quality, encouragement & priorities’ for VET in Georgia

Education and the important role of vocational education and training (VET) are national priorities in Georgia, meaning the Torino Process has been taken ‘very seriously’ since its launch in 2010. ‘It’s an instrument for seeing where we are and comparing ourselves to partner countries,’ says Torino Process Coordinator Marika Zakareishvili. Working collaboratively with a wide … More Torino Process delivering ‘quality, encouragement & priorities’ for VET in Georgia

The future of skills and work in the digital age

By ETF’s roving reporter Nick Holdsworth Look at or imagine your office desk and observe what you see there. Now shut your eyes and remember how it looked 10, 20 or 30 years ago… Once desks were places for pens, jotting pads, typewriters, paper clips, erasers and coffee cups sat on old brown stains. Today … More The future of skills and work in the digital age

Spotlight on Albania

The EU supports reforms in the candidate countries with financial and technical help through the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA). Linked to this, in the area of vocational education, Albania is the first EU candidate to embrace a sector-wide approach. The National Employment and Skills Strategy and Action Plan 2014-20, adopted by the Albanian Government in … More Spotlight on Albania

ЧЕРНОГОРИЯ

Марко Вукасинович, руководитель отдела международного сотрудничества и европейской интеграции Министерства образования Черногории, считает, что, хотя он не является членом министерского Управления по ПОО, ему крупно повезло принимать участие в реформировании системы ПОО в течение последних пяти или шести лет. «Для меня большая удача находиться именно здесь, ведь это также очень динамичное направление в образовании ЕС. … More ЧЕРНОГОРИЯ

MONTÉNÉGRO

Marko Vukasinovic, chef du département pour la coopération internationale et l’intégration européenne au ministère monténégrin de l’éducation, souligne qu’il se considère comme chanceux d’avoir participé aux réformes en matière d’EFP aux cours des cinq ou six dernières années, bien qu’il ne soit pas membre en tant que tel du département de l’EFP du ministère. «Je suis … More MONTÉNÉGRO