5th European Symposium (27 October 2009, Brussels)

"Creativity and Innovation in and through Vocational Education and Training"

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Innovation and Creativity are key drivers of economic growth and well-being and it’s important to foster the skills affecting creative and innovative behaviour by Education and Training systems. Especially Vocational Education and Training (VET) is supposed to produce very job-specific, narrow skills that meet the requirements of concrete occupations in the labour market. Thus, it is crucial to investigate to what extent and by which methods VET is able to enhance broader skills that contribute to innovative and creative behaviour. In this context, the symposium serves to strengthen the dialogue on this topic between different stakeholders in the VET sector.


5th European Symposium

"Creativity and Innovation in and through Vocational Education and Training"

Organized by the DG-EAC of the European Commission and supported by the European Expert Network on Economics of Education (EENEE) and the Network of Experts in the Social Sciences of Education and Training (NESSE)

27 October 2009
Hotel Bloom
250, Rue Royale, 1210 Brussels


TUESDAY 27 October (09:00-16:30)

09:00-09:30 Welcome and Registration

09:30-09:45 Opening by Mr. Jordi Curell, Director for Lifelong Learning: horizontal Lisbon policy issues and international affairs, DG Education and Culture

09:45-10:10 Keynote Speech: Systemic Innovation in VET

Speaker: Dr. Hanne Shapiro, Danish Technological Institute [Presentation]

10:15-10:30 Coffee break

10:30-12:30 SESSION 1: How to foster the creativity of VET learners

Chair: Dr. Barbara Dorn, Business Europe - Director for Education & Training, Confederation of German Employers' Associations

"Conceptions of Creativity and its implications for VET"
Presenter 1: Dr. David Guile, (University of London Institute of Education and NESSE) [Presentation]

"The (almost) Undiscovered Potential - Exploration and Analysis on Creativity and Innovation in Initial VET"
Presenter 2: Dr. Gabriele Stöger, (lege_artis, Austria) [Presentation]

Panel Discussion (3 pannelists. 3' introductory statement each):

Mr. Ben Butters, Director of EU Affairs, European association of chambers of commerece and industry

Mr. Robert Loop, Director of FOREM Formation

Mr. Fritjof Karlsson, Minsitry of Education and Research, Sweden


12:30-14:00 Buffet Lunch

14:00-16:00 SESSION 2: Modernising VET systems through creativity and innovation - Key factors for successful systemic innovation in VET

Chair: Mr. Joël Decaillon, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)

"Key conclusions from OECD work on ECEC and their implications for policy"
Presenter 1: Mr. Peter Hodgson, (President, European Forum of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (EfVET)) [Presentation]

"The impact of entrepreneurship education on entrpreneurship skills and motivation"
Presenter 2: Prof. Hessel Oosterbeek, (University of Amsterdam School of Economics and EENEE) [Presentation]

Panel Discussion (3 pannelists. 3' introductory statement each):

Ms. Slava Pevec-Grm, European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP)

Ms. Mirjam de Jong, Manager international affairs, VAPRO, the Netherlands

Mr. Paul Santelmann, Association pour la Formation Professionnelle des Adultes and European Vocational Training Association (EVTA)


16:00-16:30 Conclusions and closing Remarks

Mr. João Delgado, Head of Unit for Professional Training and "Leonardo Da Vinci", European Commission

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