P1, The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Slovenia (GZS)
GZS is a non-profit, non-governmental, independent business organization representing the interest of its members. With more than 160 years of tradition it is the most influential business organization in Slovenia. The more than 10.000 member companies of GZS come from all sectors and all regions in Slovenia. GZS unites 26 branch associations, representing all important industry sectors of Slovenia, under its roof. GZS has 13 regional offices in Slovenia. The 115 employees of GZS can provide knowhow, expertise and knowledge in a broad spectrum of areas and topics. GZS has the status of a representative Chamber of Commerce and is thus partner for the government in preparing legislation and policy strategies. GZS is member in numerous government bodies, boards and committees, supporting them with knowhow and expertise in various fields, in the area of education and learning.
Supporting governmental bodies with knowhow and expertise in these fields makes GZS a key actor at national level in the area of adult education, lifelong learning and vocational education and training. GZS has the status of a social partner organization and is member of the Economic and Social Council of Slovenia, together with its branch organizations it is negotiating almost all collective agreements in the private sector (excluded handicrafts).
P2, The Slovenian Institute for Vocational Education and Training (CPI)
CPI National Institute for Vocational Education and Training (CPI) is a public institution which was founded in 1995 by the Government and co-founded by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia and the Chamber of Craft of Slovenia.
In accordance with the legal basis passed by the Organization and Financing of Education Act (Official Gazette No. 12/96), CPI performs research, developmental and advisory activities and is the focal point where interests of the state and social partners in vocational and technical education converge, coordinate and connect, studies developmental trends in labour markets and prepares profiles of occupations and competence-based vocational standards, develops methodologies and prepares module-based educational programmes of short-term, secondary as well as post-secondary vocational education. CPI evaluates implementation of vocational education programmes and fosters quality development and self-assessment of VET providers.
P3, Länsirannikon Koulutus Oy WinNova
WinNova is a regional provider of vocational education for young people and adults in South-Western Finland. WinNova offers a wide variety of educational services for the needs of youth, adult and business education. The customer segments of WinNova include the following: youngsters (vocational qualifications); adults (pragmatic education based on individual needs, adult education, additional professional training); business (pragmatic and company customized education based on the needs analysis). WinNova has approx. 6000 students and approx. 600 members of staff of which 500 are teachers.
WinNova has strong and long-termed co-operation with local companies and public sector organizations: for instance on-the-job-learning/training, apprenticeship training, continuing education and labour policy education.
P4, National Centre for Education, Latvia (VISC)
VISC is a public administration body responsible for the implementation of general and vocational education policy on a national level. At present VISC employs about 100 people. VISC develops curricula for initial vocational education and training, continuing vocational education and training, in-service vocational education and training and vocation oriented education as well as participates in the development of occupation standards.
VISC coordinates development of centralized vocational qualification exams for initial vocational education and training; approves qualification exams developed by VET institutions; and administers centralized vocational qualification exams for IVET students. VISC coordinates implementation of teacher continuing professional development and provides methodological support to vocational education teachers.
VISC direct target groups are students and teachers, curriculum developers and CPD implementers.
P5, Employers’ Confederation of Latvia (LDDK)
LDDK is the largest organization representing the interests of employers in Latvia. LDDK acts as a social partner in socioeconomic negotiations with the Parliament, the Cabinet of Ministers of Republic of Latvia and Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia.
LDDK unites and represents 66 industries sectors and regional associations and federations that take a significant place in Latvian economics, as well as 110 sector leader enterprises that employ over 50 people and 5000 enterprises, of which 3036 are small and micro enterprises.
The members of LDDK employ approximately 42% of employees in Latvia.
The mission of LDDK is to represent the interests of Latvian employers for business competitiveness, as well as quality of work and life. Consequently, its objectives are (1) to represent employers at the sectorial, regional, national, European and international level; (2) to improve the legal environment and public services in relation to businesses; (3) to work on business environment improvement, including education system compliance to labour market needs.
P6, Institute for Training of Personnel in International Organisations (ITPIO)
ITPIO is a private non-profit organization (NGO) with the status of Association. Members of the Association are currently 5 leading Bulgarian universities and colleges, the most powerful trade union in Bulgaria, one of the 6 national employers association, the Bulgarian Construction Chamber, local and regional authorities, 7 SMEs, 2 corporations, 1 private hospital, 3 adult education providers, 7 centers for vocational training, 6 NGOs active in the education field, 2 regional education inspectorates, many schools (of which 3 language schools), some school teachers associations and many individuals – prominent experts in the education, training, social, economic and academic spheres. In general members of the Association are 27 legalentities and 62 individuals. The staff includes 7 specialists working at full-time and 11 – part-time.
Main activities by educational sectors: school education, vocational education, adult education, higher education. Research and counselling activities in the field of strengthening the dialogue between different stakeholders in all areas of social life – education, culture, local and regional development, development and implementation of innovative ICT approaches, tools and platforms in all levels and forms of education and training.
P7, Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Dobrich
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Dobrich is a nonprofit organization built on the principles of voluntariness, autonomy and self-financing. CCI Dobrich is the biggest business support organization in the region of Dobrich, part of the network of the Bulgarian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, of the network of Eurochambers and of Europe Enterprise Network. CCI Dobrich is a non-governmental organization, acting in public benefit, with the principles of voluntary membership and financial self-support.
Mission: to increase regional economic growth and prosperity, to stimulate international trade and investment, to encourage international exchange and cooperation, to ensure the connection between education and business. Currently we have about 200 members, both private and public companies in the region of Dobrich. CCI offers assistance to individuals and companies and non-members. Chamber of Commerce – Dobrich was established with the belief that the promotion of local activities and entrepreneurs will contribute to regional economic development and prosperity.
P8, The Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training Bundesinstitut fur Berufsbildung (BIBB)
BIBB was founded in 1970 and is legally supervised concerning its administrative activities by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Its statutory basis is the Vocational Training Act. Its mandated tasks include research on vocational education and training (VET), sustaining apprenticeship development and developing training regulations, serving as an advisory capacity and providing services.
It is a national and international centre of excellence for VET research. Its research, development and advisory work is aimed at identifying future tasks of VET/apprenticeship, promoting innovation in national and international VET and developing new, practice-oriented solutions for initial and continuing VET. It collaborates with over 30 partner institutes worldwide. BIBB hosts the German Office for International Cooperation in VET and is active in supporting European and international Partners in the development of their apprenticeship systems.
P9, The Regional Inspectorate of Education (RIE)
RIE Bulgaria is the territorial administration of the Ministry of Education and Science in the Blagoevgrad Region for the management and control of the public education system. RIE implements the state education policy to ensure equal access to education for all children of compulsory pre-school and school age (6 -16) in 133 schools and 75 kindergartens. RIE not only to guarantees an equal access to children in school but also makes sure that they stay in education and takes further measures to reduce absenteeism and the number of dropouts. RIE plays an intermediary role between schools and municipalities on local and regional level.
The professional experience of RIE’s staff is linked to inspection, methodological support, coordination of activities and organisation in education. They have the necessary skills to effectively guide the work of a team composed of various specialists with diverse goals (such as participants of the LLL-Forum) – training, evaluating training results, diagnosis and analysis of achievements in education.