2005 and during the first half of 2006 Austrian policy was strongly influenced
by the preparation and holding of the EU presidency. In education and training
policy some initiatives have been taken which were strongly related to
emphasis on quality development and quality assurance (QD/QA) has been
reinforced by a European study about good practices in QD/QA in VET and
Higher Education (http://www.equi.at/pdf/report%20jqnc%20_10-04-2006__web.pdf),
which was also utilised as a basis for a European conference for the exchange
of experience. This initiative is embedded in a broad process for QD/QA
in the Austrian VET system (http://www.qibb.at/)
and in the other parts of education and training too. Related to the PISA-results
various initiatives have developed in this area, which will be gradually
implemented into the systems.
initiative related to higher education has been a study conducted for the
directors in higher education and the European rectors about the relationship
of the new proposal for the European Qualification Framework and the Bologna
pdf); a separate piloting study has also been conducted about the EQF/NQF
in the area of VET, which will be taken further in the future.
initiative from labour market policy concerned the conditions and barriers
which confront disadvantaged young persons in employment and on the labour
market. A set of studies has been conducted (or is under way) which has
analysed in greater detail the development on the youth labour market in
Austria nationally, and also as a part of the broader European picture
Those studies are giving further insights to the policy development in
the youth labour market which has been a main policy priority during the
last decade or more.
initiative has been the further development and popularisation of a network
of professionals in the area of educational guidance and counselling (http://www.bib-infonet.at/)
which was supported by an international conference. In this policy field
the recent OECD reviews about the Austrian practice have been taken up,
and several reform issues are under debate for implementation in this area.
The further development of guidance and counselling is also related to
the initiatives of the public employment service (AMS) to provide information
about the labour market (http://www.ams.or.at/neu/1216_458.htm),
and follow-ups to the project about the matching of supply and demand have
been further developed.
those initiatives a group of experts and researchers has also been commissioned
to develop a more comprehensive lifelong learning strategy for Austria,
which will be carried on in the future.
education and training policy has been also quite strongly related to the
Lisbon follow-up process, and a platform for reform priorities has been
set up (http://www.eu-bildung-2010.at/index.php?)
which should contribute to the improvement of Austrian education and training
due to the European targets. However, this process is more strongly related
to general and academic education than to VET (which nevertheless has its
part in the process).
the following policy areas must also be mentioned: