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Adult learning covers the entire spectrum of what we learn after leaving initial education and training. This includes work- and career-oriented learning –obtaining new qualifications, up-skilling or re-skilling for employment – but also learning for personal development and active citizenship. Ensuring that Europe’s citizens keep developing...

Cedefop supports the European Commission and Member States by investigating skill mismatch in Europe and appropriate policies that can prevent them. The project explores how different trends shape skill needs, how learning contributes to skill supply and to what extent educational and training systems, the labour market and other institutional...

Understanding the contribution of VET to individuals’ career, employability and social inclusion as well as its impact on economic growth and productivity is important for assessing investment in VET compared to other types of education or learning. Demonstrating economic and social returns to training may also inform and guide enterprise and...

Changing labour market conditions affect individuals’ life courses. More and more people have to face career interruptions and changes, especially during an economic crisis. Coping with instability and insecurity in life as well as with career and life changes requires specific adaptability skills as well as lifelong learning. Public policy...

The European credit system for vocational education and training (ECVET) helps individuals who are trying to acquire a VET qualification to move between countries and gain access to lifelong learning. It does so by making it easier to transfer, to have recognised and to accumulate assessed learning outcomes. In cooperation with the European...

This Cedefop’s initiative explores the potential of employers’ survey as a tool to identify skill needs and skill gaps at workplace level. The aim is to develop a tool or instrument to reliably identify future needs of skills, competences, occupations and qualifications in public and private enterprises in Europe as input for broader skill...

Empowering young people: expanding and improving apprenticeships; combating early leaving from education and training. Young people have been hit particularly hard by the crisis. Cedefop focuses on two issues that can help empower them in their transition from school to employment: developing apprenticeships; and providing vocational training...

The EU Skills Panorama is a central access point for data, information and intelligence on skill needs in occupations and sectors that provides a European perspective on trends in skill supply and demand and possible skill mismatches, while also giving access to national data and sources.

Europass is a portfolio of five documents, designed to make skills and qualifications clearly and easily understood across Europe.

The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) is a common European reference framework. It acts as a translation grid which links countries' qualifications systems/framework. It covers qualifications at all levels and in all sub-systems of education and training (general and adult education, vocational education and training as well as higher...

The objective of this project is to monitor Member States’ strategies and mechanisms for financing vocational education and training (VET) and to investigate their effectiveness and efficiency. This site provides up to date information on levels of investment in VET and on recent developments in VET funding systems and instruments. The analysis...

Cedefop skill supply and demand forecasts provide comprehensive information on the future labour market trends in Europe. The forecasts act as an early warning mechanism to help to alleviate potential labour market imbalances and support different labour market actors in making informed decisions.

Through a number of comparative studies and analysis, Cedefop aims at deepening the understanding of qualifications in Europe. All studies and analysis take into account the shift to learning outcomes and reflect the key elements in the definition of qualifications, for example educational and occupational standards, validation, curriculum...

Lifelong guidance aims to provide career development support for individuals of all ages, at all career stages. It includes activities such as careers information, advice, counselling, assessment of skills and mentoring. Quality guidance services should be available to all individuals, regardless of their employment situation and independently...

Quality assurance in VET is a key priority at EU level to promote increased transparency of VET policy developments between Member States, thereby enhancing mutual trust, mobility of workers and learners, and lifelong learning. In cooperation with the European Commission, Cedefop supports the implementation of the EQARF Recommendation at EU,...

In this project Cedefop monitors and analyses progress towards achieving targets in vocational education and training that have been agreed within the Copenhagen process of enhanced European cooperation. Cedefop’s latest report, 'Trends in VET policy in Europe 2010-2012: Progress towards the Bruges Communiqué' is a first step in understanding...

Cedefop looks into selected sectors of the economy to identify new and emerging skill needs. Sectoral workshops are organised regularly to discuss the current situation and the development potential of a particular sector focusing on future skill requirements. A background study, if available, workshop proceedings and a Skillsnet ‘sector flash...

This project explores employment effects, skill requirements and policy implications of the transition towards a greener economy. The main aims are to investigate the expected impact of environmental and climate change policies on future skills demand within and across sectors, and to provide insights for effective training and education...

The Study visits programme is an EU programme for decision-makers and specialists in education and vocational training. It is part of the EU’s lifelong learning programme 2007-13 (LLP) (Decision 1720/2006/EC, 5 November 2006). A study visit is a short stay of three to five days in a host country. A group of 10 to 15 education and vocational...

A trainer is a skilled worker who introduces newly recruited employees to the company, provides training to co-workers as part of the job or mentors apprentices. Cedefop and the European Commission jointly coordinate a thematic working group on the professional development of trainers in vocational education and training (VET), which was...

The importance to Europe of a skilled and knowledgeable citizenry extends beyond formal education to learning acquired in non-formal or informal ways. Citizens must be able to demonstrate what they have learned in order to use this learning in their career and for further education and training. To do so, they must have access to a system which...

VET in Europe is the most comprehensive information resource on vocational education and training (VET) systems in Europe. ReferNet, Cedefop’s European network, provides descriptions of national VET systems in the European Union, Norway and Iceland based on a common template designed by Cedefop.