In its 20 years of life, EVTA has developed as a major player in the European debate on Vocational Education and Training. EVTA is recognized as the reference network seen as a leading partner by the relevant actors in Europe in the field of Lifelong Learning and the management of professional competences.
Our commitment is reflected in the participation in various activities and initiatives launched by European institutions and by other stakeholders active on the field.
If you would like to engage in any of the following activities, please feel free to contact us.
European Expert Groups and Technical Working groups
EVTA takes part in the following working groups:
- Platform of European Associations of VET Providers (E03298) established by DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion with the aim to be supported by VET providers’ representatives in defining policy priorities and implementing them at local level, providing stakeholders’ feedback, facilitating cooperation and exchanges among stakeholders.
- Apprenticeship and Traineeship under the EURES regulation, ad hoc working group aiming to look at ways to encourage network cooperation beyond reinforcing (formal) exchange of information/data on the EURES portal. The group is composed by EURES members and other stakeholders/ non-PES data providers on A&T (depending on debate on governance).
- CEDEFOP Communities of practices, one of the main initiative undertook by the CEDEFOP to ensure quality in learning. CEDEFOP decided to establish a platform of communities of practice, dived in three working groups:
- Learning providers and the challenge of technology-enhanced learning (TEL): enhancing teachers’ and trainers’ skills;
- Learning providers and EU mobility: reinforcing learning attractiveness and employability;
- Learning providers and migration: empowerment and integration through learning.
European Alliance for Apprenticeship
EVTA takes part in the European Alliance for Apprenticeship. We signed a pledge during its launch in July 2013 in Leipzig. The platform brings together governments with other key stakeholders, like businesses, social partners, chambers, vocational education and training (VET) providers, regions, youth representatives or think tanks.
The common goal is to strengthen the quality, supply and image of apprenticeships in Europe, and more recently mobility of apprenticeships has also emerged as an important topic.
European Pact for Youth
EVTA signed the Pact for Youth, a mutual engagement of business and the European Union leaders. Initiated by CSR Europe, it brings together representatives for business, education and youth, and the European institutions. It calls on all businesses, social partners, education and training providers, youth organisations, public and private employment services, teachers, trainers, learners and parents as well as other key actors, to develop or consolidate partnerships in support of youth employability and inclusion.
Lifelong Learning Platform
EVTA is among the founding members of the Lifelong Learning Platform, an umbrella organisation that gathers 40 European organisations active in the field of education, training and youth. Currently, the networks members of the Platform represent more than 50 000 educational institutions and associations covering all sectors of formal, non-formal and informal learning, reaching out to several millions of beneficiaries.
Major objectives are:
- Pursue an active dialogue with European institutions;
- Enable exchanges of best practice, experiences and expertise;
- Disseminate information on key issues in the lifelong learning sector;
- Organise events and develop activities in transversal lifelong learning topics;
- Promote a more democratic, civic and social Europe.
EVTA is one of the 6 networks representing VET providers at European level. Following the joint contribution made in the occasion of the Bruges Communiqué in 2010, they decided to create this common platform to reach joint objectives as far as possible in assuring quality in VET and promoting VET in the current society.