In this project Cedefop monitors and analyses progress towards achieving targets in vocational education and training (VET) that have been agreed within the process of cooperation in VET since 2002 (known as Copenhagen process). The priorities of this cooperation were agreed by the European Commission, EU Member States, candidate countries and social partners.
Cedefop’s reports show how these objectives have been implemented in EU Member States and candidate countries:
- Enhancing European cooperation in VET: outcomes of the Riga cycle. Progress in common priorities for 2015-20 (2020),
- European cooperation in VET: one process, many stops. Developments in vocational education and training policy 2015-17 (2018),
- 'Stronger VET for better lives Cedefop’s monitoring report on vocational education and training policies 2010-14' (2015),
- 'Trends in VET policy in Europe 2010-2012: Progress towards the Bruges Communiqué' (2012),
- A bridge to the future European policy for vocational education and training 2002-10,
- Continuity, consolidation and change Towards a European era of vocational education and training (2009),
- Zooming in on 2010‑Reassessing vocational education and training (2007) and
- Vocational education and training - key to the future, Lisbon-Copenhagen-Maastricht: mobilising for 2010. Cedefop synthesis of the Maastricht Study (2004)
While the previous reports provided a comparative analysis only, the 2018 report takes into account individual country challenges and policy priorities providing country specific reports on national VET policy developments in 2015-17.
The aim of the project is to:
- support VET policy development and implementation in Europe;
- help to improve mutual understanding and common learning in Europe.
To collect the most recent information, Cedefop organises surveys addressed to ReferNet and collects information from the Directors General for Vocational Education and Training, the social partner and government representatives in the Advisory Committee for Vocational Training and from Member States and social partners represented in the EU-level working groups on the implementation of the EU tools.
ReferNet’s contribution takes the form of in depth information on policy developments and trends from the point of view of individual countries. The answers of the network to Cedefop’s questionnaires help illustrate the developments in each country and are the basis for cross-country analyses of trends. The findings of the policy monitoring work are regularly discussed with policy makers, social partners and other stakeholders during their meetings and at Cedefop events. Cedefop’s conference on VET policy (Building European VET – Time to move on) was held in Thessaloniki on 29-30 September 2014.