Xarxa FP promotes strategic partnerships at the European level in the field of VET according to its members’ priorities and explores the opportunities that the internationalisation of VET offers in terms of innovation and exchange of knowledge and good practices.
Projects currently under development include:
Mobility Impact Study
Youth unemployment rate is still very high in the EU (21%), doubling the overall unemployment rate and with peaks of more than 40% in several countries. High youth unemployment co-exists sometimes with increased difficulties in filling vacancies. VET plays a crucial role in equipping young people with the right vocational skills to meet labour market demand needs.
Since 2010 Xarxa FP has arranged almost 1 500 work placements for VET students. The aim of this study is to analyse the effects of mobility on the employability, career prospects and competences of Xarxa FP students. The study is based on an online survey distributed among students taking part in mobility actions between 2012 and 2015. It is the only one of its kind focusing on VET students at the European level. The study was launched on 15th of February 2017 in Barcelona.
Industrial VET Hub
During 2018-2020 Xarxa FP Secretariat is coordinating the implementation of an Erasmus+ KA2 project about VET 4.0 in Europe.
The fourth industrial revolution based on the new paradigm of Industry 4.0 requires both the skills adaption to new technological progresses and the inclusion of a gender approach to face economic and social challenges in terms of youth unemployment and industrial skills mismatch in Europe.
The Industrial VET Hub is based on the cooperation of international partners form Nothern (Germany), Central (Germany), Eastern (Estonia) and Southern (Spain) Europe to address these challenges by means of coping them with European VET systems of quality, which is the key education sector in which youngsters, and specially females, will gain the specific skills demanded by the industrial companies. Above all, the Hub will cooperate towards the positioning of Europe as an international reference based on the talent acquired through VET systems of prestige and inclusion of gender issues.
The general objective of the Industrial VET Hub will be therefore to build a sustainable transnational partnership to exchange good practices and implement strategic recommendations to tackle the industrial skills mismatch in general and to address industrial gender imbalances at school and the industrial sector.
The specific objectives are (1) to address and evaluate the sort of profiles and skills needed by the industrial labor market of the partner countries; (2) to address industrial skills mismatch, gender wage gaps or imbalances in industrial companies of the partner countries; (3) to improve VET industrial-related studies and curricula to reduce the industrial skills shortage of youngsters in partner countries; (4) to improve VET industrial-related studies to make it more attractive to female youngsters in partner countries; (5) to assess the gender parity approach in all good practices and recommendations in parnter countries and (6) to develop and implement recommendations in the specific areas which are not performing appropriately.
The Industrial VET Hub is an innovative feature in itself, as will serve as a strategic knowledge platform involved in the industrial sector at the European level, and will work around the challenges around the nexus between VET, industry and gender.
Later, the Hub will be sustainable over the years at it is expected to continue running to work together to tackle skills mismatches of industrial students and professionals within the industrial sector, especially females, as well as to continue working to closing the gender gap in this sector. Through the Industrial VET Hub, a thematic pool in the form of a European Round Table of Industrial VET is expected to be created at the international level to attain a sustainable and inclusive growth of EU economy by addressing the skill mismatching of industrial occupations and adapt it to new requirements of Industry 4.0, as well as promoting the gender balance within industrial occupation, especially for women.