ReferNet is a European network initiated by the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP). It aims to meet the growing demand for comparable information on policies and developments in the area of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in the European Union.
Members are national ReferNet teams in the 28 EU Member States plus Norway and Iceland. The teams consist of national VET experts. The ReferNet coordinator in Germany is the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (www.bibb.de/en/). Have a look at our ReferNet Flyer.
The brochure "Spotlight on VET Germany" describes the system of vocational education and training in Germany as well as its characteristics and attractiveness. The current and future challenges are discussed. Substantial data illustrate the current situation. The brochure can be downloaded in English, German, Spanish and French.
The information service "VET news international" (ReferNet Germany) compiles publications and links with current developments on European VET.
Skills Panorama, powered by Cedefop, is a unique web-portal offering skills intelligence for occupations, countries and sectors in Europe.
The discussion paper "Approaching apprenticeship systems from a European perspective" gives a general overview of the basic aspects of an apprenticeship system and describes some trends as to the establishment and development of apprenticeship systems with examples from EU countries.
The German "VET in Europe - Country Report 2014" is published and can be downloaded. It delivers an overview about the constitution and the regulation of the German VET system.
On 22 June 2015 the meeting of the Ministers in charge of Vocational Education and Training (VET), the European social partners and the European Commission took place in Riga.
One important issue was set with the endorsement of the Riga Conclusions, a declaration that sets medium-term deliverables in VET until 2020.