In its 20 years of life, EVTA has developed as a major player in the European debate on Vocational Education and Training. EVTA is recognized as the reference network seen as a leading partner by the relevant actors in Europe in the field of Lifelong Learning and the management of professional competences.
Our commitment is reflected in the participation in various activities and initiatives launched by European institutions and by other stakeholders active on the field.
If you would like to engage in any of the following activities, please feel free to contact us.
Platform of European Association of VET providers
EVTA takes part in the following working groups:
Platform of European Associations of VET Providers (E03298) established by DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion with the aim to be supported by VET providers’ representatives in defining policy priorities and implementing them at local level, providing stakeholders’ feedback, facilitating cooperation and exchanges among stakeholders.
Apprenticeship and Traineeship under the EURES regulation, ad hoc working group aiming to look at ways to encourage network cooperation beyond reinforcing (formal) exchange of information/data on the EURES portal. The group is composed by EURES members and other stakeholders/ non-PES data providers on A&T (depending on debate on governance).
CEDEFOP Communities of practices, one of the main initiative undertook by the CEDEFOP to ensure quality in learning. CEDEFOP decided to establish a platform of communities of practice, dived in three working groups:
Learning providers and the challenge of technology-enhanced learning (TEL): enhancing teachers’ and trainers’ skills;
Learning providers and EU mobility: reinforcing learning attractiveness and employability;
Learning providers and migration: empowerment and integration through learning.
CEDEFOP "Community of Practitioners for Quality in VET delivery"
The CEDEFOP community of practitioners to promote quality in vocational education and training (VET) delivery has been set up by Cedefop in close cooperation with the European associations of VET providers active in the cooperative network Vet4EU2. The community works on a voluntary basis and will serve as channel and locus for cooperation between Cedefop and VET providers. The platform’s role will be to provide strategic guidance and feed into general Commission policy, while the community will aim to produce concrete practical guidance for practitioners, identify good practice and maximise use of European activities and results at grassroots level.The community’s work will be essentially practice-oriented and draw upon VET-providers’ own experience. A work-programme has been agreed for 2017-20 with three axes:
- Learning providers and the challenge of technology enhanced learning (TEL): enhancing teachers’ and trainers’ e-skills;
- Learning providers and EU mobility: reinforcing learning attractiveness and employability;
- Learning providers and migration: empowerment and integration through learning.
European Pact for Youth
EVTA signed the Pact for Youth, a mutual engagement of business and the European Union leaders. Initiated by CSR Europe, it brings together representatives for business, education and youth, and the European institutions. It calls on all businesses, social partners, education and training providers, youth organisations, public and private employment services, teachers, trainers, learners and parents as well as other key actors, to develop or consolidate partnerships in support of youth employability and inclusion.
EVTA is one of the 6 networks representing VET providers at European level. Following the joint contribution made in the occasion of the Bruges Communiqué in 2010, they decided to create this common platform to reach joint objectives as far as possible in assuring quality in VET and promoting VET in the current society.
Lifelong Learning Platform
EVTA is among the founding members of the Lifelong Learning Platform, an umbrella organisation that gathers 40 European organisations active in the field of education, training and youth. Currently, the networks members of the Platform represent more than 50.000 educational institutions and associations covering all sectors of formal, non-formal and informal learning, reaching out to several millions of beneficiaries.
LLLP has set up working groups to study in detail certain policy areas, hot topics and ideas relevant to the progress of lifelong learning in Europe. The Platform currently animates 4 working groups where EVTA representatives have been appointed as members:
Expert group on Graduate Tracking:
The objective of graduate tracking is to improve the quality and relevance of higher education and vocational education and training by obtaining good quality information about what graduates do after obtaining their qualification or after leaving education and training without obtaining a qualification.
On 20 November 2017, the Council adopted a Recommendation on tracking graduates. It invites the Commission to “promote mutual learning and exchange of best practices, strengthen cooperation by establishing and supporting the network of experts”. At the same time, it recommends that the Member States “participate in a network of experts, which encourages cooperation and mutual learning among Member States regarding tracking systems and their further development”.
The group’s tasks shall be to provide a forum for cooperation and mutual learning about graduate tracking methods and graduate data analysis and its impact on policy developments in the Member States.
Europass Advisory Group
Europass is a European framework of tools and information, which seek to support better communication and understanding of skills and qualifications in Europe. The Commission proposed a revision of the Europass Decision in October 2016, which sought to modernise Europass to become a more comprehensive service offering web- tools for documentation of skills and qualifications as well as complementary information that can support mobility, upskilling and career management. The Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (‘DG EMPL’) has then established the Europass Advisory Group to perform the following tasks:
a) advise the Commission on a strategic approach to implementation, progress, evaluation and future development of Europass,
b) advise the Commission on the development and updating of the Europass online platform, web-based tools, including Europass Supplements, and information provided by the platform;
c) support peer learning activities, best practice exchanges and peer counselling to support the implementation of the Decision.
European Alliance for Apprenticeship
EVTA takes part in the European Alliance for Apprenticeship. We signed a pledge during its launch in July 2013 in Leipzig. The platform brings together governments with other key stakeholders, like businesses, social partners, chambers, vocational education and training (VET) providers, regions, youth representatives or think tanks.
The common goal is to strengthen the quality, supply and image of apprenticeships in Europe, and more recently mobility of apprenticeships has also emerged as an important topic.