An action plan for the development of lifelong learning for 2017-2020 was adopted by the Ministry of Education and Science in June 2017. The action plan has replaced a previous document ‘Action plan for the development of vocational training for 2014–2016’ that identified vocational education and training (VET) development areas and EU funded projects.
VET and lifelong learning measures and actions are grouped under three objectives:
– update of VET curricula and VET methods focusing on competitive 21st century competences;
– development of VET institutions’ sustainable network and increase of social inclusion;
– development of efficient conditions and incentives for lifelong learning.
Action plan specifies measures and concrete actions to implement objectives together with responsible bodies and indicates resources needed and sources of funding (either national budget or EU funds).
In VET area the action plan envisages such measures as support of apprenticeship and work-based learning, design of sectoral qualifications standards and modular VET programmes, external evaluation of VET programmes provision and VET institutions, provision of career services, VET and lifelong learning promotion campaigns and skills competitions, reform and modernisation of VET institutional network, further development of sectoral practical training centres, design and introduction of model of competence / excellence centres.
In the area of lifelong learning the action plan envisages key competences training programmes for adults, second chance education for early school leavers, training of senior population, funding of non-formal and continuing training programmes and projects, preparation and implementation of procedure for recognition of non-formal and informal learning, participation in Programme for the Assessment of Adult Competences (PIAAC) and using results for policy making.
Source: ReferNet Lithuania