The joint efforts of Member States, social partners and the European Commission to modernise vocational education and training for a more cohesive and competitive Europe have started to pay off: training has become firmly entrenched in the Lisbon Strategy. But more needs to be done. Vocational education must be seen as both an investment in the future of young people, and a source of learning opportunities for adults.
The past two decades have witnessed a growing awareness in most Member States of the importance of ensuring quality in vocational education and training (VET). As a result, many countries have developed approaches for quality assurance and management that are designed to meet national policy objectives; but rarely have these approaches covered the entire VET system. It is therefore necessary to look to the European level for such a comprehensive approach.