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

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VET News - September 2020
Tuesday, September 29, 2020

VET News - September 2020

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

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Providing training as investment
Monday, September 28, 2020

Providing 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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Report on VET in Germany 2020
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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European Vocational Skills Week
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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Cedefop calls for tender
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Cedefop calls for tender

- Promoting lifelong learning of adults through CVET and upskilling

- The role of micro-credentials in easing learning for employment 

- Feasibility study for surveying teachers, learners and in-company trainers in IVET

Next deadline: 22/09/2020

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EU Vocational Skills Week 2020
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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#CedefopPhotoAward 2020
Monday, August 17, 2020

#CedefopPhotoAward 2020

Teams of VET learners can once again share their experience related to green or digital skills in a photo story for a chance to win trips to the European Vocational Skills Week in Berlin or to Thessaloniki for the International Film Festival.

NEW: Apply by 15/09/2020

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Open call for tender
Friday, July 31, 2020

Open call for tender

Cedefop has launched the call for tender: ‘Entrepreneurship competence in vocational education and training’. The findings of the research shall support VET stakeholders in promoting entrepreneurship competence. Deadline for tenders: 21/09/2020.

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Portal for VET journal
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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VET and Corona in Europe
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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Spotlight on VET Germany 2020
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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Consultation on digital education
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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European cooperation in VET
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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European Skills Agenda
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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VET policy 2015-19
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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#CedefopPhotoAward 2020
Monday, May 11, 2020

#CedefopPhotoAward 2020

Teams of vocational training and education (VET) learners can once again share their VET experience related to green or digital skills in a photo story for a chance to win great prizes.

Take part until 30 June 2020!

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VET and Corona in the EU
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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Report on the future of VET
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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Adapting VET to digitalisation
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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17th ReferNet plenary meeting
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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VET in Europe database online
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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Long-term mobility
Monday, November 25, 2019

Long-term mobility

The report on international long-term mobility of apprentices (3-12 months) presents enablers and disablers with regard to framework conditions (1), VET system (2) and practical implementation (3) in Germany.

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Top performance for Germany
Friday, September 20, 2019

Top performance for Germany

The Cedefop Mobility Scoreboard 2019 is now online. The monitoring tool provides country information on the conditions of mobility for IVET learners in Europe. Germany’s overall performance was upgraded to “very good”. ReferNet Deutschland and the National Agency at BIBB provided the relevant input.

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BWP Special - VET Trends 2019
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

BWP Special - VET Trends 2019

The BWP Special Edition presents a selection of articles of particular interest to an international audience. They provide insights into current developments in German VET research and practice. This issue focuses on topics such as digital transformation, transitions to work and VET reforms.

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EU Vocational Skills Week 2019
Thursday, August 29, 2019

EU Vocational Skills Week 2019

Helsinki will host the fourth European Vocational Skills Week from 14 to 18 October 2019. You can be part of it by organising a national, regional or local event around the theme "Discover your talent".

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VET in Germany Report 2018
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

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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#CedefopPhotoAward 2019
Monday, May 20, 2019

#CedefopPhotoAward 2019

Teams of vocational training and education (VET) learners can once again share their VET experience in a photo story for a chance to win trips to the European Vocational Skills Week in Helsinki or to Thessaloniki for the opening of the International Film Festival.

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Cooperation between social partners and the state
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Cooperation between social partners and the state

At an international conference staged by BIBB in Siegburg on 3 and 4 April 2019, educational experts from the fields of politics and research highlighted the significance of cooperation between social partners and the state in vocational education and training.

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Second BIBB Conference on the Economics of VET: Markets - Institutions - Systems
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Second BIBB Conference on the Economics of VET: Markets - Institutions - Systems

The BIBB hosts its second conference on the economics of vocational education and training (VET) on 7-8 November 2019 in Siegburg. The conference will bring together researchers to discuss the most recent empirical and theoretical results.

Submit a contribution until 15 May!

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2018 Cedefop skills forecast country reports
Thursday, February 21, 2019

2018 Cedefop skills forecast country reports

The skills forecast reports summarise key future trends in jobs and skills for each EU Member State up to 2030: employment trends by sectors, occupational groups and educational levels as well as developments of the working age population. A common methodology ensures comparability of results.

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VET Data Report Germany - Selected findings
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

VET Data Report Germany - Selected findings

The development of the German VET system and more specifically of the dual system relies on regular data collection. This BIBB Data Report is a selection of most relevant data on the German VET System in 2016/2017. 

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2018 ReferNet plenary meeting
Monday, November 26, 2018

2018 ReferNet plenary meeting

On 21-23 November 2018, over 80 ReferNet members and national representatives from 30 countries discussed with Cedefop experts the latest VET policy developments at national and EU level. One focus was on digitalisation and the future of VET.

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Work-based learning in tertiary education in Europe
Friday, November 23, 2018

Work-based learning in tertiary education in Europe

Which forms and models of vocational education exist in the tertiary sector? Case studies from six European countries provide a picture of the diversity and similarities of tertiary education programmes. For this purpose, companies, education providers as well as students were interviewed.

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The German VET system at a glance
Thursday, November 15, 2018

The German VET system at a glance

BIBB’s English website has been complemented by a new section on the German vocational education and training (VET) system. In addition, important terms can now be looked up in a VET glossary.

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Cross-national overview of apprenticeship schemes
Monday, August 20, 2018

Cross-national overview of apprenticeship schemes

How does each EU country define apprenticeships? What are their functions in the education system and how are they organised? These questions are being addressed by the new Cedefop study.

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European Vocational Skills Week 2018
Thursday, July 12, 2018

European Vocational Skills Week 2018

The third European Vocational Skills Week with the motto "Discover Your Talent" will take place from 5 to 9 November 2018 in Vienna. Again, you can apply for Awards for VET Excellence in four categories. The awards will be given on November 9, 2018.

EuroSkills 2018
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

EuroSkills 2018

For the 6th time, young skilled professionals will compete to be the best at the European skills championship from 26 to 28 September 2018 in Budapest. In total, around 600 participants from 28 countries will present their skills in their respective fields.

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#CedefopPhotoAward 2018
Monday, July 2, 2018

#CedefopPhotoAward 2018

You can participate until 15 July!

Groups of vocational education and training (VET) learners in the European Union can share their VET photo stories for a chance to win a trip to Vienna or Thessaloniki.

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Opinion survey on VET
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Opinion survey on VET

Cedefop opinion survey on vocational education and training (VET) reflects citizens’ opinions on awareness, attractiveness, experience and effectiveness of VET in the EU. ReferNet Germany provided interpretations of the national results in the German context.

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Survey on changing nature and role of VET
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Survey on changing nature and role of VET

The Cedefop online survey on VET change in Europe aims to identify trends and objectives for post-2020 VET cooperation in Europe.

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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?

read more

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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Spotlight on VET compilation

provides a concise overview for 2018 with a system chart and key features of VET in each country of the EU, Iceland and Norway.

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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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