Vocational education in Europe has been faced with the challenge of adapting to the changing conditions of the labour market under the impact of recent economic crises. The Institute of Public Affairs is starting international comparative research on vocational education reforms.
Last week, IPA team took part in a videoconference launching the international research project entitled “INVOLVE - Involving social partners in dual VET governance: exploring the contribution of social partners in the design, renewal and implementation of dual VET”. The aim of the project is to examine the role of social partners (trade unions and employers' organizations) in reforms of the vocational education system. This study covers Greece, Poland, Portugal and Spain – countries which have undergone significant changes in recent years bringing the vocational training system closer to the dual VET model.
The Institute of Public Affairs – like partners from other countries – will be responsible for developing a national analysis of vocational education reform. In Poland, a fundamental change in vocational education was introduced in 2017 as part of the general reform of public education. Comparative analysis at the national level will be developed by the leader - NOTUS (Barcelona).
Details of the research methodology and project management were established during the meeting.
Dominik Owczarek, Maciej Pańków and Małgorzata Koziarek representing the ISP research team took part in the meeting. The Polish Teachers' Union is also an associated partner in Poland.
More on the project: https://www.isp.org.pl/en/projects/involve
The project is co-financed from the European Union Funds, budget heading ‘Improving Expertise in the field of Industrial Relations’.