Cede­fop tells MPs it is com­mit­ted to per­ma­nent em­ploy­ment

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Cede­fop pre­sented its work to the Hel­lenic Par­lia­ment for the first time last week, where a del­e­ga­tion headed by Di­rec­tor James Calleja ad­dressed MPs of the Ed­u­ca­tion and So­cial Af­fairs se­lect com­mit­tees and an­swered ques­tions on the agency’s con­tri­bu­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing (VET) and its co­op­er­a­tion with Greek au­thor­i­ties and VET in­sti­tu­tions.

The Euro­pean Cen­tre for the De­vel­op­ment of Vo­ca­tional Train­ing (Cede­fop) is an agency of the Euro­pean Union based in Thes­sa­loniki that sup­ports Euro­pean pol­icy-mak­ing in the field of vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing.

Wel­com­ing the del­e­ga­tion, the par­lia­ment’s Ed­u­ca­tion Af­fairs com­mit­tee chair Spyros Tali­adouros noted that “for many years we have de­vel­oped strong re­la­tions with Cede­fop and we have been work­ing to­gether on skills, qual­i­fi­ca­tions and com­pe­tences, as well as on life­long learn­ing is­sues. Es­pe­cially im­por­tant has been Cede­fop’s con­tri­bu­tion to the na­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions frame­work (NQF) de­vel­op­ment process, which is one of the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion’s most sig­nif­i­cant ini­tia­tives for recog­ni­tion of skills and pro­mo­tion of life­long learn­ing.”

Cede­fop Di­rec­tor Calleja told MPs that per­ma­nent em­ploy­ment nowa­days means per­ma­nent em­ploy­a­bil­ity and that the agency’s aim is to pro­mote em­ploy­a­bil­ity, help mem­ber states re­solve un­em­ploy­ment is­sues, give peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to train and de­velop ap­pren­tice­ships.

He added: “We are here to­day to link what we are do­ing in our base in Thes­sa­loniki to what is needed in Greece. We want to help you in terms of the NQF and with skills fore­cast­ing. The se­cret lies in mov­ing closer to Mem­ber States and to VET in­sti­tu­tions where the real ac­tion takes place.”

Cede­fop’s head of Fi­nance and Pro­cure­ment George Paraske­vaidis spoke about the agency’s his­tory, ex­pert Kon­stanti­nos Pou­li­akas pre­sented re­search on im­prov­ing skills mis­match in the Euro­pean and Greek labour mar­ket, and act­ing head of area En­hanced Co­op­er­a­tion in VET and Life­long Learn­ing Loukas Zahi­las de­scribed the func­tion of the Euro­pean tools for ed­u­ca­tion and learn­ing.

Ge­or­gios Stylios, Deputy Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion who hosted the event, con­cluded: “We want to work with Cede­fop as an ad­viser and an EU agency based in Thes­sa­loniki. We seek to match stu­dents’ skills and com­pe­tences with labour mar­ket needs to make them more com­pet­i­tive. Our aim is to match skills with spe­cial re­quire­ments in dif­fer­ent parts of Greece. We start a co­op­er­a­tion to de­ter­mine our ac­tions as a coun­try

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