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The Council Recommendation of 15 March 2018 on a European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships (2018/C 153/01) has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Recommendation aims at increasing the employability and personal development of apprentices and contributing towards a highly skilled and qualified workforce responsive to labour market needs. Quality apprenticeships also help encourage active citizenship and social inclusion by integrating people of different social backgrounds into the labour market. The framework sets out 14 criteria in relation to working and learning conditions as well as to framework conditions. It provides a common understanding among Member States and it will support their efforts to reform and modernise apprenticeship systems that provide an excellent learning and career pathway.

Training Language and Culture Issue 4 published tomorrow

Attention everyone. Your CHRISTMAS READING is about to arrive on your desktop. TLC 4 is perhaps our most challenging issue yet, with its focus firmly on the future. In her article, Svetlana Popova makes the controversial assertion that we should use more ‘TXTING’ AND SOCIAL MEDIA in our teaching to motivate students.

In producing teaching materials black on white is the clearest and easiest format for reading powerpoints and print, isn’t it? Think again. Maybe not. Using the results of experiments conducted by Heinz Boettger and his team it may not be true! In his article he explains why and what the CLEAREST COLOUR CONTRAST might be.

VIRTUAL EXCHANGE, using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to internationalise our teaching, is Robert O’Dowd’s subject, reprising his plenary lecture at the April ICC Conference in Graz in Austria.

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Material to help your students communicate in the virtual workplace are now free and available at http://www.canvas.net/browse/turku-university/courses/virtual-and-mobile-communication

To read more about the project click here: CoMoViWo

To visit the project website go to www.comoviwo.eu