Cedefop’s 40th anniversary in 2015 celebrated its past;2016 will be a year of transition following changes in European vocational education and training policy

The Roman god Janus – after whom January is named – had two faces; one looking at the past, the other to the future. After a successful celebration of its 40th anniversary in 2015, for Cedefop 2016 will be a year of transition as it adjusts to a new European vocational education and training (VET) policy framework and prepares for other changes.

In June 2015, Cedefop celebrated its anniversary with a conference and exhibition in Thessaloniki, its home for the past 20 years, on the theme of ‘Old routes for new routes’. The event aimed to inspire future work to modernise VET by highlighting the considerable achievements of European cooperation in VET to date. A second event, in November 2015, in Brussels, was organised jointly with Eurofound (also celebrating its 40th anniversary) and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). It was a reminder of the central role of the social partners and the EESC in creating both agencies. It also underlined the importance of the social dialogue in creating working and learning environments that can develop skills, increase productivity and stimulate innovation.

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