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Higher education is for the smart ones and Vocational Education and Training (VET) is only a second choice? It is a common assumption that VET learners will enter lower paid jobs but looking closer, the picture has changed significantly: VET is highly diverse and allows learners to enter a great range of professions and sectors. Taking the vocational route means to be much more likely to be work-ready straight after graduation.

EuropeActive participated in the CEN453 Technical Group two days meeting in Cyprus. The Group was settled in 2017 for developing European Standards in the area of food and supplements for sportspeople. In Cyprus, the entire draft elaborated so far has been reviewed and significant changes made especially in the part regarding the doping testing. The next meeting will be the 24-25 January in Paris where the Group will discuss the certification system. 

The physical partners of the House of Sport office in Brussels (FESI, EUROPEACTIVE, ICSS and Sport and Citizenship) hosted the last 25th October a group of 30 students from the Management in Non-profit-Organizations Course of the University of Applied Science Osnabrueck.

The European Commission’s annual Education and Training Monitor finds that Member States have made further progress to improve their education and training systems. The annual study was published October 16, 2018 for the seventh time and is an important part of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020). Within the framework, Member States have agreed on six targets to be achieved by 2020:

The European Sectoral Social Dialogue for Sport and Active Leisure test phase (ESSD) is suspended since the beginning of 2018. The European Commission confirmed that “There is a shared understanding that – for the time being - regular meetings organised by the Commission are not a promising way to develop the social dialogue in the sector”.

EuropeActive attended CEDEFOP’s high-level event about Future of Jobs and Current Challenges on 8th June 2018 in Brussels. During the event CEDEFOP’s skills forecast for EU 28 has been released with a specific focus on the future skills needed in different types of jobs.

MEP Bogdan Wenta hosted past Tuesday, 5 June, 2018 the High-Level Panel "Time to act for Europe against sports manipulations" in the European Parliament in Brussels. The first key note speech was delivered by Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.

On 6 June, 2018 Member of the European Parliament Martina Dlabajova hosted the event on Social mobility- – how can we increase opportunities through training and education- in the European Parliament. The panel discussion was jointly organized by ACCA, PwC, European Movement International, and the European Youth Forum and brought together representatives from the EU institutions, civil society organisations and the private sector.

One of EuropeActive’s projects in its key area “Skills, education and qualifications” is coming to an end. The SIQAF project has been running for 22 months and will be concluded in summer 2018. The task force composed of Active Leisure and qualifications experts and stakeholders came together for their last meeting on Tuesday, 22th May 2018 in Brussels to discuss the final findings and the report.

On April 12, 2018 the EU member states delivered all 10 actions announced under the Skills Agenda for Europe, launched in June 2016. The last action was the adoption of the European Commission's proposal to revise the Europass framework.

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