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International study on the effects of coronavirus on career guidance systems

17 July 2020 14:42

Cedefop has initiated an in-depth study focusing on the effects of coronavirus on career guidance. The study is conducted jointly with the European Commission, the European Training Foundation (ETF), the International Center for Career Development and Public Policy (ICCDPP), the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and UNESCO. The study is an expression of a shared commitment to support and universal access to guidance systems and services, as presented in the joint statement Investing in Career Guidance (https://www.cedefop.europa.eu/en/publications-and-resources/publications/2227 ), published in December 2019.



Distant working and training - from exception to norm

17 July 2020 14:39

According to ILO data, more than 94% of the word population are affected by lockdown measures caused by COVID-19 situation. A great deal of these people are facing threats such as job loss and business closure, as well as the inability to work because they have to take care of their children. Several new studies have also highlighted that between a quarter to a third of all jobs in European economies could potentially be performed from home.


State educational standards – a professional tool at the vocational education and training system

16 July 2020 11:51

The state educational standards developed by experts of professional fields together with NAVET experts, are based on the Recommendation of the European Parliament and the Council on the establishment of the European credit system for vocational education and training (ECVET). Therefore, the state educational standards are developed in “units of learning outcomes” which makes the standards a useful and professional tool for


Extension of deadlines for some of the Excellence in VET Awards

16 July 2020 11:44

If you work in VET field or have a partner’s organizations in this area, and if you believe that your achievements are of high quality, you can share them whit the European VET community.


The EC presented European Skills Agenda

06 July 2020 11:34

On July 1, 2020, European Commission presented European Skills Agenda for achievement of sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience. The document contains goals and priorities for the next 5 years in the area of improving existing skills, trainings for acquiring new skills in the green and digital transition context as accompanied by demographic trends.

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Development of work-based learning in Bulgaria

16 June 2020 12:18

Progress in the organisation and the regulatory framework for implementing dual education and training in Bulgaria is noted. In 2019 Ministry of education and science approved a training program for mentors involved in the implementation of work-based learning. Also in Ministry of economy was created register for companies interested for partnership in dual VET.


Increasing the attractiveness of labour market in-demand professions

03 April 2019 09:58

In Bulgaria, the first models have been developed for improving the attractiveness of the most in-demand professions in the labour market. Models to increase the attractiveness of 16 professions in machine building, electrical engineering, transport and medicine sectors were developed by the Industrial Capital Association.

A study was first carried out to identify the main factors that determine a profession’s attractiveness: this was linked to the expectations of its possible benefits, on the one hand, and the relative difficulty and complexity of the training needed for its practice, on the other. A ‘multifactorial theory of the attractiveness of professions’ was elaborated and formed the basis for the development of attractiveness models. Two categories of factors with an implicit or explicit impact on the attractiveness of a given occupational sector, and occupations within it, were identified. Ways to make given professions attractive to learners were investigated.

Factors affecting attractiveness

A. Factors arising from education / training in the specific profession:

  • prestige of the profession;
  • effort needed to complete the education/training;
  • time spent in training;
  • cost of the training;
  • location of the VET school/ training centre;
  • reputation of the VET school/ training centre.

B. Factors arising from the position(s) in which the particular profession is exercised:

  • working environment;
  • remuneration;
  • intangible incentives;
  • stress associated with its practice;
  • possibilities for professional development.

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Cedefop Photo Competition Contest: "Vocational Education and Training: Tell Your Story"

27 March 2019 15:17

The Team of the European Network for the Exchange of Vocational Education and Training Experience ReferNet in Bulgaria would like to inform you about the following initiative.

In connection with the fourth edition of the European Vocational Skills Week to be held from 14 to 18 October 2019 in Helsinki, Finland, Cedefop organizes a photo competition # CedefopPhotoAward on the topic: "Vocational education and training: tell your story. "



03 December 2018 10:40

2018 was the year of finalisation of the biggest in participation rate programme for vocation practicing among students in Bulgaria. The achievement of both principles of employability and knowledge and skills accumulation was regarded in it, as the vocational qualification services were framed under similar public funded programmes in Bulgaria and in the European Union. 


Amendment and supplements to the Vocational Education and Training Act

12 November 2018 11:37

In the State Gazette, issue 92 of 6 November 2018 amendments and supplements to the Vocational Education and Training Act have been published. The changes are mainly related to:


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