The Future Challenges
The Technical sector in Europe is under pressure due to increasing competition worldwide, especially due to the development in Asian countries such as China, Korea and India. On top of this competition, there is a lack of good qualified young employees (expected in 2020) in many countries on the one hand and a lack of jobs and massive (youth) unemployment in the Technical secotr due to the crises on the other hand.
The unprecedented high youth unemployment rates underline the need for urgent action. This has drawn decision makers attention to Vocational Education and Training. Effective VET systems, in particular those that include a strong work-based learning component, appear to facilitate the transition of young people from education to work. Countries with strong, attractive VET systems, and especially those with well-established apprenticeship systems, tend to perform better in terms of youth employment. Reforming VET systems can even in the short term, bring results which help to tackle high youth unemployment, besides contributing to better skill matching and competitiveness in the longer term. A key issue in this respect is the integration of a high quality work-based learning component in all initial VET programmes as well as good links between VET, the labour market and the wider education system. Future Employees have to be willing to relocate (even abroad) or may be working with colleagues from other European countries.
In October 2016 the network consists of at least:
- 28 Technical schools
- At least 14 countries are involved
- 12 stakeholders/enterprises are involved during the project
- Projectpartners have a linking pin with experienced International networks like EFVET, PRAXIS, EUHOFA