• Posted 26-Jul-2016

Professional development of VET teachers

According to a briefing note published by CEDEFOP – the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, committed and competent teachers and trainers are crucial to ensure the quality and labour market relevance of learning, both in VET schools/centres and in companies, whether in classrooms, in workshops, in labs and simulated learning environments, or at the workplace.

and simulated learning environments, or at the workplace.

Competent teachers and trainers are the ‘human factor’, responsible for familiarising pupils with work challenges and labour market needs, for implementing new curricula or work-based learning schemes for apprentices or trainees, and for applying the European tools. This is why the EU has called on its Member States to offer VET teachers and trainers more professional development opportunities.

Although, EU-funded projects have substantially contributed to creating learning opportunities for teachers and trainers, ( through improved career schemes, work placements or specific training, etc) however, as the note highlights, it is time that countries pick up more systematically on these projects to make sure that their teachers are well trained and are offered attractive career prospects so that they, in turn, can better teach and train their pupils.

More information: http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/en/publications-and-resources/publications/9112