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#EU Vocational Skills Week

European Training Foundation is aiming to raise awareness of vocational education and training (VET) with a special focus on the role of work-based learning. #EUVocationalSkillsWeek 1.0 was a huge success and the European Commission is organizing another Vocational Skills week in 2017 to promote VET.

VET stakeholders are welcome to participate. If you’re interested, you can learn more here.

When: 20-24 November 2017

Where: Brussels, Belgium

Don’t miss out!


Explore EU: Opportunities for Young People in the Western Balkans

European Youth Portal is a great platform to gather information about travelling, volunteering, working and learning in the EU. The platform prepared materials for young people who are enthusiastic about exploring the European Union and becoming actively involved in its development.

Check out the available information here.


Traineeship For Vocational Education, Apprenticeships, and Recent Graduates

Erasmus+ programme supports work/study placements and periods abroad for students enrolled in VET. The opportunities are also available for apprenticeships and people who recently completed higher education studies. You will be introduced to either a workplace or a VET institution with periods of work-based learning as part of your education.

The duration of the traineeship lasts from 2 weeks to 12 months. If you are a recent graduate, you can apply for the traineeship within 1 year of graduation.

You can learn more on the official Erasmus+ website.


Volunteering and Social Change

Check out this thought-provoking report analysed by the EVS (European Voluntary Service) to explore the impact of EVS on individuals, organisations and local communities.

“More than 80% of the respondents considered EVS to have been helpful for their professional future. EVS also clearly increases awareness for problems of disadvantaged groups in society. It boosts international attitudes and European values and fosters participants’ social capital. EVS brings clear benefits for participating organisations such as a higher focus on diversity and improved project management.”

Transnational volunteering causes drastic changes in social structure. Read the report to examine the impact!


What are the 60 Good Reasons for the EU?

If you’re interested in the demographic change that Europe is going through and the reform that is taking place in the EU right now, read the publication by the European Commission “60 Good Reasons for the EU: Why We Need the European Union.” The material examines European integration, values, participation, economic regeneration, and many other topics.

“Only together can Europe be a force in a globalised world.”

Click here to access the full document.




Canada = Education Superpower

In the educational niche, countries such as South Korea or Singapore are often mentioned as Asian “powerhouses” that provide knowledge through a robust schooling system. Meanwhile, Canada climbed on the top level of international recognition.

Studies completed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) revealed that teenage students in Canada are among the best ones in the world.

“At the university level, Canada has the world’s highest proportion of working-age adults who have been through higher education – 55% compared with an average in OECD countries of 35%.”

Read the full article here.



Prepared by Veronika Zhigailova


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