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Latvia: vocational education excellence centres support other VET schools

The Ministry of Education and Science pays great attention to the relevance of the vocational education programmes to labour market needs. This requires day-to-day cooperation between schools and industries, and a clear methodology that allows the strongest VET providers in each sector to take a leading role. According to the ministry, this approach will also help improve VET quality and coordination.

Full Cedefop article is available here.

Latvia: new momentum for green approaches in VET

National vocational education and training (VET) policy is currently focusing on green challenges. The draft education strategy 2021-27 makes green thinking and digital competences a priority.

Full Cedefop article is available here.

Graduate tracking gaining momentum

While centralised graduate tracking for tertiary education is being implemented, secondary level VET tracking exists only at school level. The work on centralised system is in the progress and the initial administrative data on the year 2018 VET graduates has been received from the Central Statistical Bureau at the end of 2020.

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Schools strengthen link between employers to further improvement of the quality of vocational education and training (VET)

In February, the Ministry of Education and Science Republic of Latvia, in cooperation with the National Centre for Education, organised workshops for vocational education competence centres (VECC) and another vocational schools inviting the Sector Expert Councils (SEC).

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Methodical tasks for vocational education excellence centres

On April 6, 2021 by Order of Ministry of Education, all 18 Vocational Education Competence Centres (VECS) under supervision of the Ministry received the tasks to perform methodogical tasks: to supervise methodical work in at least one sector and to be co-responsilbe for methodical work in other sectors under supervision of other VECs in the sector the VECs implement VET programmes. The sectors for supervision and co-responsibility were allocated according to decision of the Ministry made in cooperation with Sectoral Expert Councils, National Centre for Education and VECs.

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Latvia: Reforming VET – milestones

Cedefop has published an article on progress in vocational education and training in Latvia since 2009.

Cedefop article is available here.

The ReferNet Information Network seminar was held On 17th December

Towards the end of the year, the ReferNet National Contact Point team invited the participants of the information network to an online seminar providing information on the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) and the ReferNet network of contact points, Latvian and European developments in vocational education, as well as more information on the work done by the ReferNet Contact Point in 2020 and planned activities for next year. 

Seminar presentations:

The ReferNet annual plenary meeting took place on 2-3-4 December 2020.

The annual ReferNet meeting, which was also attended by ReferNet Latvia representatives, took place virtually this year.

The goals of the meeting can be found here.

Skills forecast for Latvia until 2030

Skills forecast for Latvia until 2030 by sectors, education levels and occupational groups has been published.

Cedefop report.

European Vocational Skills Week

European Vocational Skills Week take place between 9 and 13 November 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year all events are organized online.

European Vocational Skills Week is an annual event where local, regional or national organizations showcase the very best of vocational education and training (VET).

The focus for 2020 is vocational education and training for green and digital transitions, in line with the Commission priorities of a European Green Deal and a Europe fit for the digital age.

Recordings of European Skills Week events can are available here.

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