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Sharing knowledge

Sharing knowledge

ReferNet is a European information network for vocational education and training (VET).

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

VET News - May 2022

The ReferNet Germany information service "VET news international" provides twice a month an overview of publications and links to recent developments and initiatives.

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Thursday, April 21, 2022

What VET in Europe is doing for Ukraine refugees

Members of ReferNet exchange data and information on, as well as experience of, catering for the educational needs of people fleeing the war in Ukraine and facilitating their access to the labour market.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Training teachers and trainers

In view of digitalisation, growing diversity, and environmental crisis, how can professional development help in-company trainers and VET school teachers adapt to these new demands and acquire the necessary skills? This report focuses on the current situation in Germany. 

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Developing training standards

This publication presents and discusses the procedures for developing qualification standards in six european countries and the underlying governance structures as well as an analysis of the interaction patterns of the main actors in the dual VET countries.

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Friday, November 19, 2021

ReferNet plenary meeting

On 17-19 November 2021, ReferNet partners from 29 countries discussed with Cedefop experts the latest VET policy developments at national and EU level. One focus was on the professional development of VET staff as well as on different aspects of sustainability in VET.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

#CedefopPhotoAward 2021

Teams of VET learners can share their experience related to green or digital skills in a photostory or video clip for a chance to win trips to the European Vocational Skills Week 2022 or to the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival.

Apply by 21 November! 

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

New Cedefop open call

The European Training and Learning Survey (ETLS) will help understand the contextual conditions affecting training, workplace learning and other forms of work-related learning among employees in the EU, Norway and Iceland.

Deadline: 15/11/2021

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

International VET mobility

The new service portal MeinAuslandspraktikum.de bundles offers for stays abroad in vocational education and training. It gives young people an overview and access to information, guidance and funding options as well as internship placement search.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

New Cedefop calls for tender

- European Learning in Work (LiW) survey and enterprise case studies

- Individual learning accounts (ILAs) and the potential for integrated support policies and systems for CVET and adult learning

Next deadline: 27/09/2021

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Monday, August 9, 2021

Cedefop calls for tender

- Impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on in-work learning of EU enterprises

- Short-term anticipation of skills trends and VET demand


Next deadline: 24/09/2021
 

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Monday, July 26, 2021

Roles of VET stakeholders

This report examines the impact of digitalisation on national governance structures and steering mechanisms by analysing the role of actors in VET systems and the form of their cooperation in Switzerland and Germany.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Spotlight compilation 2020

This brochure provides a concise overview of the VET system in each country of the EU, Iceland and Norway. Next to a system chart, it outlines key features of the VET system as well as challenges and policy responses on two pages per country.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Survey on microcredentials

How can microcredentials support learning for employment? VET providers, authorities, employers and employees are invited to share their views and experience in the Cedefop online surveys until 5 July 2021.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

ReferNet partnership forum

On 25 May the focus was the future approach to monitoring the implementation of the European priorities. The new concept of presenting VET policy developments in a data visualisation tool was discussed. On 26 May, partners presented various cutting-edge national topics.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Cross-occupational competences

What competences do all apprentices need for today's world of work? From August 2021, the four modernised standard occupational profile items Digitalisation - Sustainability - Law - Safety will become part of any new or updated dual training regulation.

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Friday, April 30, 2021

Selection of news

What are the current developments in vocational education and training in Germany and Europe? Have a look at the latest National News on VET from Germany on the INVITE innovation competition or subscribe the ReferNet VET News International on our updated News page!

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Friday, April 23, 2021

Apprentices’ perspectives

The BIBB project KuRA examines the formal processes in which communication with apprentices takes place during training and investigates whether and how the reception of the apprentice perspective is organised in the context of the governance of national VET systems (comparison NL, CH and D).

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Cedefop user survey

What do national VET stakeholders want to know about VET policies and initiatives in Europe? How should the interactive tool present the information? Your feedback is needed! You are invited to participate in the online survey until 30 April 2021.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Call for papers

Cedefop and the OECD are organising a symposium on “Apprenticeships for greener economies and societies” on 21-22 October 2021. Interested authors can submit abstracts of research or analysis by 3 May 2021.

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Germany within ReferNet

ReferNet is the European information network in the field of VET. The reports and analyses by ReferNet Germany provide information on various aspects of the German VET system. Check out our updated page!

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

European cooperation in VET

From the Copenhagen Process in 2002 to the 2020 Osnabrück Declaration: Common objectives, priorities and benchmarks for VET are being agreed upon, their progress monitored and the orientation of the process redirected. Have a look at our updated page!

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Friday, December 11, 2020

European Skills Index 2020

Cedefop's European Skills Index (ESI) is a data-based monitoring tool that aims to provide information on the performance of national skills systems in Europe. The index is composed of 15 indicators from different international data sets. For the results in 2020, see link.

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Monday, December 7, 2020

ReferNet plenary meeting

On 2-4 December 2020, ReferNet members and national representatives from 29 countries discussed with Cedefop experts the latest VET policy developments at national and EU level. One focus was on the Osnabrück declaration and its impact on the network’s activities.

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Monday, November 30, 2020

Osnabrück Declaration

The EU member states endorsed the ‘Osnabrück declaration on VET as an enabler of recovery and just transitions to digital and green economies’. It sets out policy actions in 2021-25 to operationalise the Council recommendation on VET for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

European VET research

VETNET (European Research Network on VET), BIBB and the EU Commission jointly hosted a workshop on VET research as part of the European Vocational Skills Week to strengthen cooperation between the national VET research institutions in Europe.

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Monday, November 2, 2020

German VET pathways

Germany’s dual VET is quite famous. Less well known are the many other qualification pathways in the German VET system. GOVET has produced a brochure that provides an overview of the German occupational and training landscape.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

EVSW 2020: Register now!

From 9 to 13 November 2020, the EU Commission is organizing the fifth European Vocational Skills Week (EVSW) as part of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. EVSW 2020 will take place in a virtual conference room. Registration is now open!

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Monday, October 12, 2020

German VET system in 2’30”

This animated video is based on the new ReferNet Spotlight brochure. It gives an overview of the state of play of Germany’s education and training system, its distinctive features, the particular challenges the country faces and the policy responses it has been developing.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

VET as lever for success

In an interview published in the BWP magazine 3/2020, Cedefop Executive Director Jürgen Siebel shares his views on current and future challenges for vocational education and training (VET) in Europe and gives an insight into Cedefop’s work.

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Monday, September 28, 2020

Training as investment

A BIBB survey on the costs and benefits of in-company vocational training shows that the net costs to companies have risen only slightly in recent years. Providing apprenticeship remains an important investment for firms in order to meet their skilled labour needs.

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Friday, September 18, 2020

Osnabrück Declaration on VET

On 17.09.2020, the EU member states discussed a paper for an innovative, effective, future-proof VET system - the Osnabrück Declaration. They set themselves four objectives for VET in the EU. The Declaration is to be signed at the Education Council meeting in November.

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Report on VET in Germany 2020

This detailed report describes the German VET system. It presents the key features as well as the challenges and policy responses, e.g. an attractive VET for all and how to deal with the challenges of digitalisation and the commitment to sustainability.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

European Vocational Skills Week

Under the motto #DiscoverYourTalent, the European Vocational Skills Week will take place for the fifth time across Europe from 9 to 13 November 2020. Once again, the European Commission is calling for national, regional or local events around VET.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

EU Vocational Skills Week 2020

During the European Vocational Skills Week from 9 to 13 November 2020 in Berlin, awards for VET excellence in four categories will be presented for the fifth time. The application deadline has been extended until the end of August or mid-September for some categories.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Portal for VET journal

The BIBB journal “BWP” publishes research findings and practical examples on current issues in vocational education and training. BWP is published four times a year online and in print. The last issue in English is dedicated to Qualification in Nursing Care.

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Monday, July 27, 2020

VET and Corona in Europe

These ReferNet national news on VET provide insights into challenges during the pandemic, regarding transition to distance learning, provision for final exams, arrangements to keep learners engaged and planning for the next training year.

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Monday, July 20, 2020

Spotlight on VET Germany 2020

This short brochure describes the German VET system. It outlines the key features as well as the challenges and policy responses, e.g. an attractive VET for all and how to deal with the challenges of digitalisation and the commitment to sustainability.

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Consultation on digital education

The Digital Education Action Plan seeks to support the use of technology in education and the development of digital competences. A public consultation is gathering views on the future of digital education during the COVID-19 recovery period and beyond until 4 September 2020.

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

European cooperation in VET

The post-2020 European policy framework on vocational education and training (VET) was discussed at the joint Cedefop/ETF virtual conference ‘Enhancing European cooperation in VET: looking back – planning ahead’, on 30 June and 1 July.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

European Skills Agenda

The European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience, presented by the European Commission on 1 July, sets objectives for upskilling (improving existing skills) and reskilling (training in new skills) in the next five year.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

VET policy 2015-19

These reports describe developments in vocational education and training (VET) policy in the EU since 2015. They are based in particular on information provided by ReferNet, the European network for VET, and the respective national Directors General.

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Monday, April 20, 2020

VET and Corona in the EU

Cedefop has invited its ReferNet partners to share their countries’ reaction to the corona crisis, in terms of vocational education and training (VET) policies. Results will be published in the form of national news stories by end of June.

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Report on the future of VET

Is vocational training in Europe becoming a marginal phenomenon due to the trend towards higher qualifications? Or will it experience a renaissance in the future as a result of political efforts to combat youth unemployment and skills shortages?

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Adapting VET to digitalisation

The report focuses on the responsiveness of the German VET system to the challenges of digitalisation, AI and the future of work. What are the policy strategies and initiatives to modernise VET and how can digital technologies and media support learning practices?

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

17th ReferNet plenary meeting

On 5-7 February 2020, over 60 ReferNet members and national representatives from 29 countries discussed with Cedefop experts the latest VET policy developments at national and EU level. One focus was on challenges and chances of the future of VET in Europe.

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Monday, January 6, 2020

VET in Europe database online

The new Cedefop ReferNet database is the main source of information about vocational education and training (VET) systems in the EU, Iceland and Norway. It includes diagrammes, generates reports and allows comparing by country and theme.

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Thematic Perspective 2021

How can professional development help in-company trainers and VET school teachers adapt to the new demands of digitalisation, diversity and environmental crisis, and acquire the necessary skills? This report focuses on Germany.

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Spotlight on VET compilation

provides a concise overview for 2020 with a system chart and key features of VET in each country of the EU, Iceland and Norway.

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Report VET in Germany 2020

gives an overview of the vocational educational and training (VET) system in Germany: external factors influencing VET; providing VET in a lifelong learning perspective; shaping VET qualifications and promoting participation in VET.

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Spotlight on VET Germany 2020

describes the German VET system. It outlines the key features as well as the challenges and policy responses, e.g. an attractive VET for all and how to deal with the challenges of digitalisation and the commitment to sustainability.

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Thematic Perspective 2020

focuses on the responsiveness of the German VET system to the challenges of digitalisation, AI and the future of work. What are the policy strategies and initiatives to modernise VET and how can digital technologies and media support learning practices?

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VET in Europe online database

The new Cedefop ReferNet database is the main source of information about vocational education and training (VET) systems in the EU, UK, Iceland and Norway. It includes diagrammes, generates reports and allows comparing by country and theme.

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Thematic Perspective 2019

presents enablers and disablers of international long-term mobility of apprentices, with regard to: German framework conditions (Chapter 1), the VET system (Chapter 2) as well as practical implementation (Chapter 3).

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VET in Germany Report 2018

gives an overview of the vocational educational and training (VET) system in Germany: external factors influencing VET; providing VET in a lifelong learning perspective; shaping VET qualifications and promoting participation in VET.

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Thematic Perspective 2018

presents and analyses the German results of Cedefop's European public opinion survey on VET in a comparative way. The article provides interpretations within the German context, using national surveys.

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ReferNet Germany Flyer 2017

introduces ReferNet, the European information network on vocational education and training: its objectives, activities and partners.

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ReferNet Europe Flyer 2017

presents ReferNet, the European network of expertise on VET, from the point of view of Cedefop: its goals, partners and activities.

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