How shall Europe maximise the potential of vocational education and training (VET) to address its long-term strategic goals? This question will be the focus of a conference organised by Cedefop and the European Commission in September.

Building European VET – Time to move on will be based on the results of Cedefop’s VET monitoring report on progress toward the aims of the common EU strategy on VET, as set out in the Bruges Communiqué (2010).

Cedefop will briefly present the major findings of the report, after which discussions will shine a light on specific issues affecting progress towards the Bruges objectives. In the final session, the Commission will suggest how the conclusions of the VET monitoring report and of the conference itself can be used in countries and at EU level to move closer to our common goals.

Participants will include Directors-General for Vocational Training in Member States and members of the Advisory Committee on Vocational Training, the Governing board of Cedefop, and the ReferNet network; the Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture, Directorate-General for Employment and Social Affairs, Directorate-General for Entrepreneurship; ETUC, BusinessEurope, UEAPME and other social partner representatives; representatives of Eurochambers; researchers, and representatives of VET providers and learners.

Participation is by invitation only.

Building European VET - Time to move on

Cedefop, Thessaloniki 29-30 September 2014