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A new impetus for European cooperation in Vocational Education and Training to support the Europe 2020 strategy

Communication from the Commission

The European Commission presents its new vision for the future of vocational education and training.

VET is chosen by an average of around 50% of all students in upper secondary education. However, the sector needs to be modernised to make it a more attractive and high-quality option, so that it provides young people with the right skills to find a suitable job and adults with an opportunity to update skills throughout their working life.


The plans adopted by the Commission  outline several possible ways to give vocational education and training a new impetus. They include:

  • Ensuring access to training and qualifications is flexible and open at all stages of life;
  • Promoting mobility to make it easier to gain experience abroad, or in a different sector of the economy;
  • Ensuring the highest possible quality of education and training;
  • Providing more opportunities for disadvantaged groups such as school drop-outs, the low-skilled and unemployed, people with migrant backgrounds and the disabled;
  • Nurturing creative, innovative and entrepreneurial thinking in students.