The toolkit was conceptualised by Irene Psifidou, Expert at the Department of VET and Skills and was developed under her responsibility.
Currently, the toolkit is managed by a team comprised of Irene Psifidou, Toolkit and Team Coordinator; Anthie Kyriakopoulou, Assistant, VET toolkit Administrator; and Cedefop trainee; at the Department for VET and Skills, headed by Antonio Ranieri.
The toolkit was tested at several phases of its development through interviews with policy makers and practitioners involved in the design and implementation of measures to tackle early leaving from education and training. It was launched at Cedefop ‘Policy Learning Forum: VET as a solution to leaving education early’ in May 2017, and has since been presented in a variety of regional, national and international events. These events have allowed Cedefop to test the toolkit and use the collected feedback to improve it.
The toolkit was last updated in 2019 and its new enriched edition was launched during the Cedefop - LLLP Policy Forum: "What role for Community Lifelong Learning Centres? The potential of one-stop-shops to prevent youth at risk from disconnecting" that tοοk place in May 2019 in Brussels.
Development of the reflection tool for policy makers
The ‘Reflection tool for policy makers’ is based on a matrix of structural indicators developed by Paul Downes and built on the findings of Cedefop’s research study managed by Irene Psifidou.
Selection of quick wins, good practices and tools
The selection of good practices and tools is based on a systematic review of measures with evidence of success conducted by Cedefop. This review includes national or regional developments as well as outputs of EU-funded projects in the area of education and training developed by consortiums of entities from several EU countries as well as Norway and the United Kingdom.
The selection of quick wins is based on the factors identified by interviewees in Cedefop’s study as contributing to the success of measures.
Other resources include publications and statistics relevant to the thematic focus selected by the team.
All the resources of the toolkit are regularly updated and enriched.