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Other ReferNet publications

This sections navigate you to other documents prepared according to Cedefop requirements. They include broader studies and analyses of specific themes elaborated according to a common structure provided by Cedefop, as well as shorter articles that bring up-to-date information on vocational education and training in partner countries.

 

Report on policy strategies, initiatives and practices to prepare VET systems for digitalisation and future of work technologies

Report for Slovakia

 

Cedefop public opinion survey on vocational education and training in Europe

The reports prepared by all countries are published in a uniform format at the dedicated Cedefop web page.

Report for Slovakia

 

Report on outreach and guidance in upskilling policies in the European Union

In 2017, the ReferNet network prepared reports on outreach and guidance in upskilling policies in the European Union, following the Cedefop’s requirements. The reports prepared by all countries are published in a uniform format at the dedicated Cedefop web page.

Report on outreach and guidance in upskilling policies in the European Union for Slovakia

 

Report on key competences in VET 

The ReferNet network prepared reports on implementation of key competences in national curricular documents, following the Cedefop’s requirements and based on the common content structure prepared by Cedefop. In development of state educational programmes (StEPs) Slovakia refers to Recommendation of the European Parliament and the Council, which identified eight key competences. Nevertheless, in StEPs valid from 2008 it focused on six key competences and in StEPs valid from 2014 onwards on three ‘clustered’ competences. How this issue is tackled by other countries can be seen from the dedicated Cedefop web page, where reports in a uniform format are published.

Report on key competences in VET for Slovakia

 

Report on supporting teachers and trainers for successful reforms and quality of VET – mapping their professional development in the EU

Based on the Cedefop’s proposal and requirements the ReferNet network prepared reports on situation of teachers, trainers and instructors in VET. Reports should contain definitions of IVET, categorisation of staff involved in IVET delivery, description of qualification requirements, and topical political themes related to their professionalization. One of chapters should focus on relevant projects supported by ESF or other EU resources. Reports for all network countries are available from the dedicated Cedefop web page.  

Report on supporting teachers and trainers for successful reforms and quality of VET for Slovakia

 

Report on innovation in vocational education and training

Thirteenth of twenty two short-term deliverables adopted by the Bruges Communiqué (2010) addresses partnerships for creativity and innovation. As this topic belongs to priorities of the Latvian EU presidency, the ReferNet network prepared short studies on this issue, in which Slovakia, unfortunately, legs behind in a long term. The introductory part brings analysis of results of Innovation Union Scoreboard 2014 and Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2014.  Slovakia legs behind the EU average in all measured dimensions except one (Human Resources), and moreover, Slovakia increases its lagging behind the EU. A serious problem is that good results in the Human resource indicator (13th in the EU) reflect favourable quantitative data, but not qualitative data. Following the Cedefop’s requirements the study focuses on one example of measures aimed at supporting innovation in VET. The report deals with an ESF project (www.zsodborne.sk) that could achieve systemic changes concerning VET by creating preconditions for making VET more attractive already during lower secondary education. Reports for all network countries are available from the dedicated Cedefop web page.  

Report on innovation in vocational education and training for Slovakia   

 

Report on apprenticeship-type schemes and structured work-based learning programmes

Support for practical training in companies’ facilities or directly at workplaces is a highly topical VET-related theme across Europe. In this regard, several EU countries including Slovakia examine possibilities for implementing the dual model of VET, known e.g. from Germany. This short report informs on current initiatives to support cooperation between schools and companies in delivering practical training. It also draws attention to the current systemic problems the need to strengthen cooperation between schools and companies is linked to. Reports for all network countries are available from the dedicated Cedefop web page.     

Report on apprenticeship-type schemes and structured work-based learning programmes for Slovakia 

 

Spotlights on VET

Short overviews of VET systems were published in a format of leaflet for the countries holding the presidency in the EU Council. In 2013, they were prepared in cooperation with Cedefop and according to a common structure provided by Cedefop for all ReferNet countries. Spotlights are available from the dedicated Cedefop web page. In 2015, an anniversary edition was published containing updated spotlights for all partner countries in a single publication. It is available here
In 2016, Cedefop in cooperation with ReferNet Slovakia prepared a spotlight for the Slovak presidency.
In 2019, Cedefop published the next edition of updated spotlights for all partner countries in a single publication - 2018 compilation. It is available here

Spotlight on VET for Slovakia 

 

Report on early leaving from VET

The 2013 short report focuses on the topic of early school leaving from VET. Early school leaving is a serious problem in many member states, especially rich ones, featuring a high inflow of immigrants. Europe 2020 strategy requires that all EU countries reduce early school leaving rate of 18 to 24 aged below 10% till 2020. According to official statistical data, Slovakia for a long term meets this benchmark. Nevertheless, the situation is problematic as total excellent LSF data hide alarming unfavourable results concerning qualification of part of Slovak inhabitants. Reports for all network countries are available from the dedicated Cedefop web page.

Report on early leaving from VET for Slovakia

 

A report on response of Slovakia to European Commission country-specific recommendations (approved by Council of the EU) on VET

The European Commission has set up a yearly cycle of economic policy coordination called European semester. Each year the European Commission prepares a detailed analysis of EU Member States' programmes of economic and structural reforms (the so-called national reform programmes) and provides them with recommendations for the next 12-18 months (country-specific recommendations). Based on the request of the Commission, responses to CSR were for the first time analysed by independent experts in 2012. ReferNet Slovakia prepared a report for Cedefop on response of Slovakia to CSR 2012.

Independent written responses to CSR were not prepared in 2013 due to disagreement of some EU countries. The Commission gains information directly. ReferNet Slovakia expresses its opinion to CSR 2013 and NRP 2013 by different way.

 

Skills and competences report

In 2011 ReferNet Slovakia prepared a report on skills and competences in health and social work sector in Slovakia, focusing in particular on educational programmes delivering training for occupations selected by Cedefop for the purposes of European comparison. The report and interviews with experts are based on a questionnaire developed by Cedefop. Cedefop will use information in its comparative working paper to be prepared for European Commission in 2012.

Skills and competences report for Slovakia 

 

National news on VET

Short articles bring information on topical issues in vocational education and training in partner countries. They partly replaced the Cedefop Info Newsletter issued till 2009.They have been developed since 2010 and are published at specialised section of Cedefop website. As they can offer up-to-date, extremely interesting information from around the world, you can access them directly from our home page by clicking on the logo 
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Contributions for Slovakia

 

Detailed thematic analyses

A more precise analyses addressed one of themes (chapters) included in reports called Thematic overviews (see here) , which brought information on national VET systems. The number of the theme refers to the number of respective chapter in thematic overviews. 

Detailed thematic analyses for Slovakia

 

Cedefop Info

Cedefop Info  newsletter brings up-to-date information on vocational education and training. It is issued 3 times a year in printed and electronic versions in English, German and French. It has been partly replaced by „National News on VET“ since 2009.

Contributions for Slovakia

Network News

Click on the link Network news to get to the section providing collaborative workspace for latest news from selected EU countries, predominantly from Slovak neighbours.

If you are interested in information from other ReferNet countries, contacts to all partner countries can be found here.

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