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Information on the European Union Vocational Training schemes in Cyprus

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Vocational training

Vocational education and training (VET) encompasses practical activities and courses relating to a specific occupation or vocation, which aim to prepare people for their future careers. For many, vocational training is an essential pathway to gain professional recognition or to improve their chances of getting a good job.
EU initiatives to promote vocational training
To promote a collaborative approach to developing vocational training systems in Europe, the EU makes use of a variety of instruments and initiatives, many of which run under its Lifelong Learning Programme.
Lifelong learning is a process that involves all forms of education and lasts from the pre-school period until after retirement. It is meant to enable people to develop and maintain key competencies throughout their life as well as to empower citizens to move freely between jobs, regions and countries.
Funding is available for a range of activities including exchanges, study visits and networking actions. Projects are many and varied, aimed at both students and their trainers and teachers.
The key sub-programmes include:

Erasmus. Regarded as the EU’s flagship education and training programme, Erasmus enables about 200 000 students to study and work abroad each year. It also funds cooperation between Europe’s higher education institutions.

Leonardo da Vinci. As well as helping individuals attain new skills, this programme helps organisations from the VET sector to work with partners from across the EU so they can exchange best practice. The Leonardo de Vinci programme funds an array of practical VET projects from those that allow people to train abroad through to large-scale initiatives that encourage cooperation and networking throughout Europe.

Grundtvig. This provides support for the teaching and study needs of people who take adult education courses. The programme embraces formal, non-formal and informal learning.

EU organisations that support vocational education
The EU has set up a couple of agencies to improve cooperation and exchange of practice:
The European Centre for Vocational Training (CEDEFOP) was created in 1975 to promote and development of vocational education and training in Europe. Based in Thessaloniki, Greece, it carries out research and analysis on vocational training and disseminates its expertise to various European partners, such as research institutions, universities and training facilities.
The European Training Foundation was established in 1995 and works in close collaboration with CEDEFOP. Its mission is to support partner countries from outside the EU so they can modernise and develop their vocational training systems.

Source European Union

Last Updated 05 October 2016




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