While countries share goals and challenges, their VET systems are diverse, shaped by socioeconomic contexts and traditions. The Spotlight on VET series compilation is addressed to those who need a quick overview of VET’s essential features in Europe. Clarifying VET’s place in countries’ overall education and training systems, it presents main accession and progression routes for learners; types and levels of qualifications they lead to; types of programmes, delivery modes, work-based learning ratio and duration. It is presented in a way that helps national and international readers understand the different systems and allows for some comparisons.
This publication is a useful starting point for policy-makers, social partners, experts, researchers and journalists. It also provides orientation to other actors involved in VET-related activities: VET providers, teachers and trainers; guidance, qualifications and validation staff; and to other readers who want to familiarise themselves with VET systems across Europe.