Virtus

Virtual Vocational Education and Training

The economic and financial crisis has highlighted the pivotal role that adult learning plays in the promotion of employment, economic recovery and competitiveness, as the latter are envisaged in the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. According to the EC Education and Training Monitor 2014, high-quality vocational education and training (VET) is key to lowering unemployment and facilitating the transition to the labour market (EC, DG EAC, Education and Training Monitor 2014). Relevant quantitative evidence shows that within the group of graduates from upper secondary education, graduates from VET programmes have better employment prospects (Cedefop 2012). Simultaneously, the acknowledgement of the fact that more adult learning can help Europe to overcome the current economic crisis by meeting the needs for new skills has given a new impetus to the European Agenda for Adult Learning. The Commission’s Renewed Agenda for Adult Learning builds on the Strategic Framework for European Cooperation in Education and Training (ET2020), which is an integral part of the Europe 2020 Strategy, designed to promote growth and jobs in Europe, as well as contributing to the development of skills for the labour market.


The “Virtual Vocational Education and Training – VIRTUS” project develops an innovative, fully functional virtual vocational education and training centre, which shall provide appropriately designed modular certified courses in Modular Employable Skills (MES), corresponding to a wide range of circumstances such as regional growth potential and/or company restructuring and aiming at increasing the participation rate of adult learners in vocational education and training. In particular, the virtual VET center will provide two modular certified courses on: (1.) Tourism and Hospitality Services and (2.) Social Entrepreneurship.

EU-Program: Erasmus+
Coordination: Eurotraining Educational Organization (Greece)
Contact: Karin Kronika
Duration: January 2016 - December 2017
Website: www.virtus-project.eu

This project (project n° 562222-EPP-1-2015-1-EL-EPPKA3-PI-FORWARD1) has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.