How to promote adult learning in the workplace

The globalization, automation, and digitalization have tested the knowledge of the employees, whose have required to upskill and re-skill for increase their competitiveness inside the labor market.

This fact has affected in a high way to the adults, who are working or have a stable employment, as they need to refresh their own skills and develop others to face the new challenges of the construction sector and compete with other professionals on an equal footing.

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Waiting for the results of the public consultation of the European Commission to review the rules applicable to construction products

The Departments Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission, created the 22th of January a public consultation on EU rules for products used in the construction of buildings and infrastructure works.

The public consultation, which ended on April 16, was done in the framework of Regulation (EU) n ° 305/2011 which provide harmonized conditions for the commercialization of construction products, set standards for the evaluation of the performance of construction products and they communicated in technical language, common to the all European community.

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Build Up Skills II, a ‘successful, relevant, timely and unique initiative’

A report by the European Commission highlights the “Construye 2020 Route” as an example of best practices.

“Build Up Skills II has been a successful, relevant, timely and unique initiative. The European projects helped lay the foundations for the training of construction workers, developed innovative and high quality materials, developed a good network and made construction workers and policy makers aware of the importance of energy efficiency and renewable energy systems and succeeded in bringing training in specialized skills to blue-collar workers”.

These are the general conclusions of the final evaluation report of the European initiative Build Up Skills Pillar II has just released this week. The study was carried out by the consultancy firm Trinomics, with the support of an advisory firm, specialized in education and innovation policies, Visionary Analytics, for the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (Easme) and analyzed the 22 Build Up Skills Pillar II projects that were carried out in the European Union, where the “Construye 2020 Route”, led by the Fundación Laboral, is also mentioned as an example of best practices.

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The Council of the EU adopts a European framework for the apprentices training of quality and effective

The Council today adopted a recommendation on a framework for quality and effective apprenticeships which will help young people to enter the world of work.

The recommendation encourages the development of a highly skilled and qualified workforce which is responsive to the needs of the labour market. By applying common criteria for the quality and effectiveness of apprenticeships, member states will be better able to develop and promote their national apprenticeship schemes.

According to Biser Petkov, President of the Council and Minister for Labour and Social Policies of Bulgaria: “It’s very positive that in a short period of time the Council managed to reach a common understanding for the quality and effectiveness criteria to be used to maintain and develop the national apprenticeship schemes. It’s a step in the right direction to support further young people’s entry in the labour market, as well as adults’ career progression and transition into employment”.

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Cedefop bet for teachers and trainers’ professional development

Teachers and trainers working in vocational education and training (VET) are key actors to ensure the quality of the professionals and meet to today’s demands. They play an essential role in the implementation of national and Europe reforms. In this sense the European Center for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) supports the development of EU policies that quality teachers and trainers through targeted and transversal activities.

Teachers and trainers’ professional development is a priority on the EU policy agenda. For achieve this, the Bruges communiqué (2010) invited Member States to invest in VET teachers and trainers by offering flexible training provision.

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