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

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Monday, September 20, 2021

VET News - September 2021

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, 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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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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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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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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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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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, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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.

read more

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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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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