In 2016 Cedefop launched its first ever opinion survey aimed at investigating European citizens’ opinions on vocational education and training (VET). A total of 35 646 face to face interviews were conducted among the citizens of the Member States covering people older than 15. The survey provides unprecedented data on European’s opinions on awareness, attractiveness and effectiveness of vocational education and training in Europe.

On 23-24 February 2017 an expert workshop will take place at Cedefop in Thessaloniki, Greece where the results of the survey will be presented and further discussed and analysed. The survey has been conducted with the objective of measuring EU citizens’ understanding of and attitudes towards vocational education and training.

Four main concepts in relation to VET at upper secondary level were:

  • Awareness and knowledge
  • Attractiveness and access
  • Satisfaction and experience
  • Outcomes and effectiveness

Within these aspects, the survey provides insights in areas such as:  levels of participation in VET, people’s interpretation of what VET is, people’s ideas on information and guidance, factors for choosing an educational path (VET vs. general education), satisfaction with acquired key competences, perception of the permeability of education systems and perception of vocational education's role in society, people’s experience of finding a job after education, and many more.

The main questions for discussion at the workshop are:

  • What information provided by the survey is important/relevant and what are the main issues to tackle?
  • What are relevant experiences in EU countries that can contribute to improve VET?
  • How can we build on what we already know to shape VET policies?

Reminder : participation to this event is by invitation only.

First results from the Opinion Survey

Event details

Event Date(s)
23/02/2017 - 24/02/2017
Event Type
Event venue
Invitation only
Cedefop involvement


Opinion Survey on VET in Europe: Expert workshop - Agenda