Results of Cedefop’s monitoring report on progress towards a common European strategy on vocational education and training (VET) as set out in the 2010 Bruges Communiqué will be discussed at a conference organised by the Centre and European Commission’s Directorate General Education and Culture (DG EAC) on 29 and 30 September in Thessaloniki.

The Bruges communiqué relaunched reform of VET in the European Union (EU) in 2010. Following the economic crisis, the communiqué marked another significant step in European cooperation in VET. Member States, joined by other European countries, the European Commission and social partners set out strategic objectives for the period 2011-20 supported by ‘short-term deliverables’ to be achieved by 2014.

As part of this vision, the communiqué foresaw flexible, open and innovative learning methods, supported by well-qualified teachers and trainers, state-of-the-art facilities and backed by enterprises and the social partners.

But how far have we come? At the conference 'Building European VET - Time to move on', European, Member State and social partner policy-makers will reflect on the progress made together with VET experts, providers and learners.

Cedefop will briefly present the major findings of the VET monitoring report, after which debate will shine a light on specific issues affecting progress towards the Bruges objectives. Through work in groups and panel discussions, participants will share country examples, exchange experience from the 2010-14 period and come up with valuable knowledge that can be used in countries and at EU level to move closer to common goals.

For more information and to register, visit the conference website (registration deadline: 8 September)

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