ETF Yearbook 2011 - Social partners in vocational education and training
The ETF Yearbook 2011 focuses on the role of the social partners in the fields of vocational education and training, lifelong learning and active labour market policies. The social partners have a particularly important function in policy making in the fields of VET and employment. Their involvement in social dialogue around human capital development is therefore a key development field for the ETF’s work. The social partners represent business and the world of work; employment systems and job profiles are constantly changing, and their ‘voice’ needs to be continuously heard when skills have to be updated. The social partners are recognised in Europe as the ‘official’ representatives of the labour market. In the EU15, social partner involvement in VET policy making and in active labour market policies is deep at both national and European levels while it is continuously increasing in the newer EU member states. However, there is still a lack of traditions, structures and practices in most ETF partner countries. This yearbook analyses the actual role played by the social partners in selected EU countries, at the European level and in different ETF partner country contexts and discusses possible ways to develop their capacities.
Author(s): Søren Nielsen (ed.)
Put simply, lifelong learning means that people can – and should have the opportunity to – learn throughout their lives.
Increased labour mobility across borders brings the skills issue onto the international agenda so the ETF also focuses on policy actions related to skills and employment of both emigrants and returnees.
The ETF aims to develop the capacity of partner country institutions and other stakeholders in developing, monitoring and reviewing policies in the areas of entrepreneurial learning and enterprise skills.
“Employment”: promoting better functioning and inclusive labour markets and vocational education and training systems in ETF partner countries.
The ETF's role in qualifications is to provide expertise for the reform of qualifications systems in partner countries, in their various stages of planning and implementation.
Teachers are a critical factor in education reforms. The ETF takes therefore the role of schools and teachers seriously throughout its work.
Quality assurance is provided through the development of methodological instruments to facilitate a structured policy learning process, integrating quality assurance principles, and reinforcing the quality assurance dimension in the Torino Process.
Governance modes and models have a high correlation with the overall performance of education and training policies, influencing their strategic formulation and implementation.