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Network of Networks celebrated its 6th Annual meeting virtually from 5th to 7th of October 2021. In total 128 staff members from all five regional networks registered for the event. The annual meeting was a great moment for meeting and sharing. We had many lively discussions for example on the best practices in entrepreneurship training,...

Last October Network of Networks held its fourth webinar, focused on how vocational education contributes to regional development, taking the Osnabrück Declaration as the thread of the webinar. The keynote speaker, Perttu Pölönen, opened the event. Mr. Pölönen is a Finnish futurist, inventor and author. He shared with us his view on the competences of the...

Transparency among VET systems and qualifications in Europe is essential to understand what we mean when we talk about VET in different countries. It´s always a challenge to understand which is the correspondance between our qualifications and qualifications in other countries and indeed this has been an exercise we´ve done and keep doing within Network...

According to the European Commission, despite all the differences, there are four common elements to each Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE): Learner centred approaches.Provision of several services in addition to initial training: training for workers, training for the unemployed, consultancy services, entrepreneurship services, etc.Alignment with regional strategies. RIS3 is mentioned several times.Collaboration with the key agents...

FINN-NET has been an informal network in which four large VET providers from Finland (Salpaus Further Education, Jyväskylä Educational Consortium Gradia, Tampere Vocational College Tredu, and Vantaa Vocational College Varia) have worked together to collaborate in EU funded projects, and has been operation since 1995.   The FINN-NET has a supportive, flexible, and collaborative working atmosphere, but strategical perspectives and purpose have not been very clear. The baseline audit completed during the Network of Networks Erasmus+ KA3 project was a starting point to a constructive...

After spending over 30 years working in education and training and having witnessed the rise and fall of previous grand plans for economic growth and inclusion, it is tempting to view the Osnabrück Declaration with a degree of scepticism if not cynicism. However, forever an optimist, I offer the following observations.  Describing itself as an ambitious roadmap for...

This year the Annual meeting offers an interesting insight into Finnish Vocational Education (VET) and the good practices from Finn-Net partner colleges. Please check the Annual meeting program and register for the event (choose some parts or all of them) by the 28th of September. You can forward the invitation to all relevant staff members within your college.  During recent years, the network has faced many new challenges...

In the KA3 project Network of Networks, we are establishing an international network of VET providers through a grass roots approach. Through the network, we aim to improve the attractiveness of VET supported by capacity building, and the testing and implementation of best practices.   In Work Package 3 (Network Building) our knowledge and experience are solidified in 3 deliverables:   A strategic plan for this Network of Networks with mid-term and...

Business and entrepreneurship are pivotal domains in economic vocational education. Given current labour market changes, also a renewal of their curriculum is needed. In 2020, a group of independent experts handed over a Manifesto to the management of Albeda and Zadkine (both schools for vocational education and training), Inholland University of Applied Sciences and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. This Manifesto on economic vocational education contains seven recommendations that should ensure a future-proof improvement of this type of education in Rotterdam. Central is a plea for free zones...

(photo is courtesy of https://www.ditismbo.nl/) Queen Máxima of the Netherlands visited Yuverta to open the vocational education and training year 2021-2022.  "What happens here at the VET schools is of the utmost importance for the whole of the Netherlands," said Máxima. In a speech addressed to students and teachers, the Queen spoke of their important role during...

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