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The Sectoral Qualifications Framework for Telecommunications (SQF Tele) is to assist in the process of creating modern, transparent, and comparable forms of education, validation, and qualifications certification in the telecommunications sector.
SQF Tele is a sectoral extension of a Polish Qualifications Framework. Four sectoral framework levels have been outlined for the infrastructure: Three through Seven, with three (Three through Six) defined for end user appliances.

SQF Tele level characteristics are descriptions of learning effects (by knowledge, skills, and social competencies) typical for the telecommunication sector.
The fundamental purpose of drafting the Sectoral Qualifications Framework for Telecommunications is that of providing the telecommunications sector with a standardised tool, enabling the sector to:

  1. Draft a qualifications map for the telecommunications sector,
  2. Draft training and validation programmes,
  3. Define detailed requirements for the certification process,
  4. Identify competencies of job applicants,
  5. Make appropriate career-development decisions (from the viewpoint of employees and/or other individuals interested in a telecommunications-related career),
  6. Develop professional mobility for sectoral staff.

We cordially invite you to take a look at these publication!

Sectoral Qualifications Framework for Telecommunications (SQF Tele)

Vocational school students are invited to participate in a contest for a film promoting vocational education. Make a video using any technique on one of the following topics: My occupation in the global job market or Vocational school - I like it! Submit an application form, put the video on a website and you will be eligible to win a valuable prize. The main prize in the competition is drone – the perfect device for filming from a bird’s eye view! The deadline for submitting applications is 30.10.2017.

Cedefop invites you to take part in a photography contest entitled "Education and Vocational Training: Tell Us Your Story". Two to three-person teams of students from the vocational education and training sector can participate in the contest. Its purpose is to encourage students to present what vocational education and training means to them and to share their experiences in vocational education.
The prize is a trip to Brussels or Thessaloniki.
The deadline for submitting entries is 15 July 2017.
Details of the contest are available at the Cedefop website.

In commemoration of the accession of Poland to the European Union (May 1) and European Union Day (May 9), the European Documentation Centre in cooperation with ReferNet Poland organised an exhibit to promote the publications of the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training Cedefop from the collections of the European Reading Room of the Main Library of the Cracow University of Economics (ML CUE). 

Publication series were displayed, such as:
VET in Europe – country reports
Spotlight on
Short description and others.

Academic staffs are one of the main targets of the reports and analyses published by Cedefop, and for this reason, the exhibit was organised at the ML CUE – to emphasise the role of libraries in promoting Cedefop publications in the academic community.

The exhibit may be viewed in the hall of the Main Library of CUE in Kraków,
at 27 Rakowiecka Street on the third floor.

We cordially invite you to see this exhibit.

Two publications have been recently issued on one of the most important tools of the Integrated Qualifications System (IQS) – the Polish Qualifications Framework (PQF). The PQF is the result of several years of experts’ work and broad public debate. The PQF organises the qualifications awarded in general, vocational and higher education, as well as those attained outside these systems. The Framework makes it easier to compare qualifications to others functioning within the country, as well as to those awarded in other European countries. Like the European Qualifications Framework, the PQF has eight levels, each defining the required learning outcomes in the categories of knowledge, skills and social competence.
The publication "The Polish Qualifications Framework" presents the specific level descriptors for two stages of descriptors: universal (first stage) – applicable to all qualifications in the IQS, and second stage – a more detailed layer of descriptors typical for qualifications awarded in general education, at PQF level 5, higher education and vocational education and training. The information presented in the publication conforms to the regulations governing PQF level descriptors in the Act on the Integrated Qualifications System.
The second publication, "The Polish Qualification Framework. User Guide" provides basic information about the Polish Qualifications Framework, its structure and level descriptors. It explains the role of level descriptors in the process of determining a qualification’s level. Specific instructions are provided to assist in reading and interpreting individual entries of the PQF. The publication also discusses the specific qualities of subsequent levels of the Framework, complemented by examples of selected learning outcomes and qualifications aligned with particular levels.
This guide was prepared for persons who will be working on specifying the levels of qualifications. It is also intended as an aid to all those involved in determining the learning outcomes of a qualification and in developing sectoral qualifications frameworks.
We cordially invite you to take a look at these publications!

The conference “Two worlds? Methods of finding a job and methods of recruitment. A comparison using the example of the Poznań agglomeration” was held on April 6 in Poznań, organised by the Economic and Labour Market Observatory of the Poznań Agglomeration Vocational Counselling Centre for Youth. Representatives of Poland’s ReferNet network attended the conference.
The purpose of the conference was to present the results of qualitative research (FGI) conducted by the Observatory among students, employers and labour market institutions of the Poznań agglomeration. A total of 60 participants took part in the study. The study looked at the strategies and methods of looking for work and employees from the perspective of three groups: students, employers and labor market institutions.
A number of postulates were developed by the various groups participating in the study. Employers claimed that such characteristics in a candidate as loyalty, initiative, personal culture, and social competence are very important in the process of looking for an employee. It is also important for candidates to be able to justify why they are applying for a position in the company. Students noted the need to increase the number of hours spent on practical work during formal education. They also recognised that elements facilitating job searches include early contact with the labour market and individual counseling, also via the internet. Representatives of labour market institutions (including schools) recognised that promoting new methods of working among counsellors, such as using case studies or online counseling, will improve the process of searching for jobs and finding employees. Raising the prestige of vocational training, also among school directors and teachers, was considered to be a very important issue.
More information about the study is at the Observatory’s website and in the report entitled „Dwa światy. Metody poszukiwania pracy a metody poszukiwania zatrudnienia. Porównanie na przykładzie aglomeracji poznańskiej [Two worlds. Methods of finding a job and methods of recruitment. A comparison using the example of the Poznań Agglomeration]” (in Polish).

This country report is part of a series of reports on vocational education and training produced by each EU Member State plus Norway and Iceland by members of ReferNet, a network established by Cedefop (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training).

The VET in Europe report for Poland provides readers with a concise, basic insight into the state of the vocational education and training system of Poland. It situates the Polish education and training system within a broad political, social, economic, and labour market framework.

Read the report

On March 25, 1957 six countries (Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxemburg and the Netherlands) signed a document that became the foundation of today’s European Union. The founding countries pledged to align their economic policies to establish a common market. The Treaty of Rome launched the European Economic Community (EEC), whose aim was to support harmonious economic development, continuous and balanced expansion, increased stability and improved living standards of citizens.
Articles 118 and 128 specified that the European Commission will promote the cooperation of European countries in the development of vocational education and training. The Economic and Social Committee, established under the treaty, later proposed setting up the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop).
As a part of these anniversary celebrations, many events are being organised. For more information.

NETINVET is a European network of training centres and companies. NETINVET currently includes 72 vocational education and training (VET) centres from 8 EU Member States. The network promotes work-based learning and the mobility of apprentices. The network currently operates in the wholesale, transportation and logistics sectors.
Through the Educational Research Institute, NETINVET representatives have begun networking with Polish VET institutions. The first meeting was held in November 2016, where the network’s activities and advantages of membership in NETINVET were presented. The second meeting in February 2017 provided more information to Polish VET schools on the practical aspects of membership in the network. Representatives of the NETINVET project, Polish VET schools and Polish educational institutions (the Centre for Educational Development and the Educational Research Institute) participated in the meeting. Participants discussed organisational details and financial aspects of membership in NETINVET as well as the benefits and responsibilities of each member. Participants stressed that the best results are achieved when partners trust each other and have a common understanding of the purpose of the mobility projects and the learning outcomes to be achieved by learners. NETINVET representatives presented internet tools for finding partners within the network across Europe.
The annual forum of the NETINVET project will be held on March 30-31, 2017 in Poznań. During the forum, not only will the organisational aspects of cooperation be discussed, but VET schools will also have the opportunity to network and discuss joint mobility projects.
More information about the NETINVET project

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