The European Training Foundation (ETF) - EU agency supporting countries surrounding the European Union to reform their education, training and labour market systems - is currently involved in supporting the government of Ukraine in the reform of the VET-system. In cooperation with the Ukrainian ministry of education, a two-day seminar was organised focused on setting up VET Centres of Excellence and Innovation in Ukraine. The EU STEM Coalition was asked to contribute to the work sessions and highlight best-practices in VET.
To facilitate the setting-up of (partially EU-funded) VET Centres of Excellence and Innovation based on existing best practices in Ukraine.
In a two-day working programme co-hosted by the Ukrainian ministry of Education and Science - the framework of a system of Centres of Vocational Excellence and Innovation in VET was further shaped. Based on the findings of the work sessions (see: Background Note: Setting up VET Centres of Excellence & Innovation in Ukraine: Learning Practices for Policy Implementation).
Key-challenges in the Ukrainian context include:
In a series of workshops various best-practices from the EU were highlighted. The EU STEM Coalition was asked to provide a work-session on the establishment of 100+ 'Centres of Vocational Innovation' in the Netherlands. This programme (developed and coordinated by the Dutch national STEM platform) is currently backed by a 120 million euro government investment fund with a total project budget of 360 million euro (for more information, click here).
More information about the Dutch Centres of Vocational Innovation will be shared with ETF and Ukrainian stakeholders.