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.
This report, which provided the background for Cedefop's Agora conference on the Helsinki Communiqu (April 2007), highlights the implications of labour market trends, discusses progress in devising qualifications frameworks, and questions whether the role of teachers and trainers has been sufficiently addressed. Conclusions are supported by statistical data, research findings and examples from non-EU countries. The aim is to provide facts, analysis and figures that will allow European policy makers to better plan the way forward.
Zooming in on 2010 - Reassessing vocational education and training.
Online PDF version now available.
Print edition available from end August 2007.