In May, The Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI), ReferNet Finland, and the Academic Information Centre (AIC), ReferNet Latvia, welcomed their colleagues and partners to the partnership forums jointly organised with Cedefop.

In these annual forums, ReferNet members discuss vocational education and training (VET) issues, improve their knowledge by sharing information on recent developments in national policies and systems, and develop a common approach to the deliverables included in their annual work plan.

In this year’s forums, on 11 and 12 May in Helsinki and on 17 and 18 May in Riga, the focus was on reporting activities: outreach and guidance, opinion survey on VET, new structure for VET in Europe reports 2018 and the VET policy questionnaire.

Several partners presented outreach measures (Austria, Denmark, Finland, Poland, Spain, Sweden, etc.). Partners also reflected on how to improve the visibility of Cedefop/ReferNet deliverables to draft recommendations to the whole network.

Developing a European partnership through rewarding cooperation is the aim of all ReferNet members. EDUFI and AIC have kept up the momentum.

ReferNet is a network of institutions across Europe representing the 28 EU Member States, plus Iceland and Norway. The network provides Cedefop with information and analysis on national vocational education and training. National partners also disseminate information on European VET and Cedefop’s work to stakeholders in the EU Member States, Iceland and Norway. ReferNet publications can be accessed through the ReferNet page on Cedefop’s website.

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