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

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Thursday, 16 May 2024

VET News - May 2024

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

Archive VET News
Wednesday, 17 April 2024

Cedefop press event

To mark the end of the European Year of Skills, Cedefop invites press and media to an online event on 28 May 2024 to highlight the importance of skills for Europe’s competitiveness and resilience. If you are interested, you can register by email until 26 April.

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Wednesday, 20 March 2024

VET in Belgium

On the occasion of Belgium's Presidency of the Council of the European Union, an up-to-date report on the Belgian VET system has been published by Cedefop with ReferNet. It focuses on the main features of the system as well as on challenges and policy measures.

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Thursday, 15 February 2024

Timeline of VET policies

This new online tool is a rich source of information on policies and initiatives in the field of VET and lifelong learning in the EU, Iceland and Norway. Cedefop has now published the data provided by ReferNet in 2023.

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Tuesday, 9 January 2024

ReferNet 2024-27

BIBB will again be a partner of Cedefop in the ReferNet network for the next 4 years. Following a successful application, the ReferNet team at BIBB will continue to report on VET policy developments in Germany and provide information on European initiatives.

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Thursday, 14 December 2023

Monitoring VET Mobility

The European Mobility Scoreboard has been updated. It provides detailed country information on the conditions of mobility for VET learners in Europe. Again, Germany’s overall performance was “very good”. The German ReferNet team and the National Agency at BIBB provided the relevant input.

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Friday, 17 November 2023

Green skills anticipation

What skills and occupations are needed for the green transition? In this compilation by ReferNet Germany, projects forecasting future skills needs are briefly presented. They are an important basis for securing the qualification profiles needed in the future on the labour market.

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Thursday, 12 October 2023

VET in Spain

On the occasion of Spain's Presidency of the Council of the European Union, an up-to-date report on the Spanish VET system has been published by Cedefop with ReferNet. It focuses on the main features of the system as well as on challenges and policy measures. 

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Monday, 9 October 2023

Cedefop NQF online tool

How can we understand and compare qualifications at national and European level? National qualifications frameworks (NQFs) classify qualifications by level, based on learning outcomes. The NQFs of 38 countries are presented in this tool. 

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Thursday, 28 September 2023

International perspective

On 30 November and 1 December 2023, the BIBB organises an international conference in Bonn that brings together researchers from different disciplines to highlight and discuss the active contribution of VET and skilled workers to technological and ecological innovation. 

Registration open! 

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Green skills anticipation

What skills and occupations are needed for the green transition? In this compilation by ReferNet Germany, projects forecasting future skills needs are briefly presented. They are an important basis for securing the qualification profiles needed in the future on the labour market.

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Early leaving from VET

This article presents the concept of dropping out of VET and the situation in Germany based on two indicators. Further, the focus is on the preventive measures in place to prevent drop-out as well as factors that can lead to early leaving from VET. The impacts of the COVID 19 pandemic conclude the report.

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VET in Europe tool updated

The Cedefop ReferNet database is the main source of information on VET systems in the EU, Iceland and Norway. It includes diagrammes, generates reports and allows comparing by country and theme. The 2021 update is now online.

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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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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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