ReferNet partners and national representatives attended the 20th annual plenary meeting of the network, which coincided with 20 years of ReferNet and the third annual meeting under the 2020-23 Framework Partnership Agreement.

It aimed in particular at:

  • optimising the preparation of the 2023 work plan by capitalising on information provided on adjustments in VET policy reporting, the Timeline of VET policies in Europe, drafting national news, improving understanding of qualifications listed in OJAs, etc.;
  • reinstalling a physical network dynamic of cooperation and shared reflection by convening in a physical open space, which will encourage creative reflection on how partners would like ReferNet to develop in the next 10 years.

The plenary meeting preceded by an event aimed at celebrating ReferNet’s 20th anniversary. The event was held on the evening of Wednesday 9 November (18.00-22.00) at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall (Megaron Mousikis, new building). It was open to researchers and experts in VET, stakeholders and representatives of EU institutions.


In 2022, Cedefop and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organised the fourth Policy Learning Forum on upskilling pathways: a vision for the future. The event took place in the form of a virtual event on Wednesday 16 November 2022, from 09:45 to 13:05 CET.

Policy Learning Fora (PLF) on upskilling pathways are a series of policy learning events on the topic aimed at providing a platform for countries to come together to learn from one another and explore common challenges in upskilling adults with low level of skills.
The Fourth Policy Learning Forum (PLF) on upskilling pathways was aimed at discussing progress and lessons learnt from the implementation of the Upskilling pathways recommendation, by exploring and discussing the preliminary findings from Cedefop Thematic Country Reviews on Upskilling Pathways.

The presentations are available in the Download section below.

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At the Third Policy Learning Forum (PLF) on VET teachers and trainers, participants discussed the findings of Cedefop’s third pilot opinion survey focusing on initial VET (IVET).

The survey was launched in 2021 as a feasibility study in six European countries: Austria, Greece, Spain, Croatia, Lithuania and the Netherlands.
The pilot survey findings bring new evidence and insights on the following main areas:

  • VET schools’ principals, teachers and in-company trainers’ evolving role and challenges (including challenges raised during COVID-19); 
  • their skill needs and qualifications including access to quality continuous professional development; 
  • their career progression and wellbeing; as well as
  • learners’ experiences and satisfaction with pedagogies and learning environments in school-based and work-based IVET. 

Based on the outcomes of the feasibility study, participants discussed the conditions that need to be met in order to launch a pan-European survey of these key populations in initial VET. The pan-European survey aims to give voice to (IVET) teachers, in company-trainers, school principals and learners aiming to create a robust evidence base regarding the experiences and needs of those who teach and learn in IVET settings. The ultimate scope is to improve the professional development opportunities for teachers, trainers and school principals, and in turn students’ learning outcomes. 
Participants included Cedefop’s Advisory Group set up to support this study composed of EU social partners and Ministries from the six pilot and other selected countries, key EU stakeholders and EU agencies (e.g. ETF, JRC) as well as European Associations of VET providers.
Cedefop VET for youth - Teachers and trainers team is in charge of this project, you may find here more information about the team’s work.