National Apprenticeship Week



National Apprenticeship Week runs from 9 to 13 March 2015 and will celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

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Work-based Learning and Lifelong Guidance Policies

This Concept Note discusses the relationship between lifelong guidance and work-based learning. While these are distinct activities, they are often advanced as approaches to answering similar broad policy challenges, such as developing a skilled and socially inclusive population, ensuring engagement with education and work, and helping people to progress and live happy and useful lives. This paper argues that lifelong guidance can be particularly useful in relation to work-based learning in three main ways:

• Engagement. Increasing citizens’ understand- ing of work-based learning, the routes into it and the rewards of participation.

• Achievement. Helping participants (learners, employers and learning providers) in work- based learning to remain engaged and consider how best to enhance their skills and employ- ability.

• Transition. Assisting the effective utilisation of the skills developed within work-based learn- ing by supporting individuals in transitions from work-based learning programmes to sus- tainable employment.–Work-based-learning-and-lifelong-guidance-policies.pdf

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Adult Education and Training in Europe: Widening Access to Learning Opportunities

This Eurydice report aims to provide insight into the field of adult education and training in Europe and support decision-making at policy level. While promoting an integrated approach to lifelong learning, the report emphasises policies and measures to ensure sufficient access to learning opportunities for adults whose skills and qualifications do not fully correspond to current labour market and societal requirements. In doing so, the report takes a broad perspective, considering and exploring a range of interlinked areas.

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School Education Gateway

European-level initiatives for schools can too easily remain unknown, inaccessible or uninteresting for teachers and other education professionals. A new website, the School Education Gateway 3, shall provide clear information on education initiatives across Europe. The website is aimed primarily at teachers and school staff, as well as education sector experts and organisations.

The School Education Gateway is not ‘just another website’. With information in 24 European languages, the website will link education practitioners with European policies. This will be achieved through providing access to relevant information and practical tools for schools applying for Erasmus+ funding.

Current School Education Gateway features include:

  • Information service including news, publications, expert articles, and tutorials.
  • Sharing of innovative practices through articles on successful European projects.
  • Three tools to support applications for the Erasmus+ Programme:
  • Course Catalogue for teachers’ professional development(see Erasmus+ Key Action 1),
  • Mobility Opportunities including teaching assignments and job shadowing offers (see Erasmus+ Key Action 1), and
  • Strategic Partnership requests to connect partners for Strategic Partnerships (see Erasmus+ Key Action 2).

Joining the School Education Gateway is easy and free. Users can share, comment on, and favourite content. For teachers involved in eTwinning the School Education Gateway will be accessible with their existing eTwinning login.

The School Education Gateway is funded by Erasmus+, the European programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport. It is operated for the Directorate General for Education and Culture (Unit B.2 – Schools and Educators; Multilingualism) by European Schoolnet, a pan-European partnership of 31 education ministries.

Erasmus+ aims to improve the quality of teaching and learning across all European school levels. By supporting the professional development of teachers and by fostering links with both the outside world and other fields of education and training, the School Education Gateway will help raise awareness of European initiatives within the education community. For example, topics such as early school leaving or insufficient basic skills (reading, mathematics and science), are concerns shared across European school systems. Teachers are a key factor in achieving excellence and equity in education. Therefore, developing teachers’ skills and the sharing of good practices are at the heart of Erasmus+ and the School Education Gateway. The website will be closely linked with eTwinning, the European initiative to support online school cooperation.

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