Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

At the Border of Better Learning

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

At the Border of Better Learning

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Survey reveals poor grasp of opportunities outside the UK

Learners in the UK are among the least likely in Europe to value studying abroad and to be aware of various European skills initiatives, according to a new survey.

In recent years, the European Commission (EC) has tried to improve the recognition of skills and qualifications among EU member states, in order to make it easier for people to find work across the continent. But according to a new survey from Cedefop (the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training), little impact has been made in the UK.

The country's learners are unlikely to be aware of various EC skills initiatives. Less than 5 per cent have heard of the Europass CV and language passports, documents designed to make their skills and qualifications easier to understand across Europe, and only 17 per cent have heard of the European Qualifications Framework, which compares national systems. …

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