Germany within ReferNet

ReferNet is the European information network in the field of vocational education. The reports and analyses by ReferNet Germany provide information on various aspects of the German VET system.

Germany within ReferNet

ReferNet is the European network for collecting and spreading information and data about current developments in the field of vocational education and training (VET) and educational research. It was set up by Cedefop (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training) in 2002.

VET experts work together in the national ReferNet teams of the 28 EU member states plus Norway and Iceland. The task of national coordination in Germany has been with the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) from the start.

The aim of the network is to describe and reflect on the diversity of VET systems in Europe, to facilitate continuous scientific exchange and to prepare information and data for national and European actors in politics, research as well as for other experts and interested people. The information gained is published in country reports and serves as the basis for initiatives and processes at European level.

Common report structures make it possible to compare the different national vocational education and training systems and political developments in the EU member states.

describe the structure of the national VET systems in a lifelong learning perspective and present a comprehensive picture to a wider public. read more

summarise key features, challenges and developments of the national VET Systems. read more

present the most important facts and analyses on specific issues, e.g. "Apprenticeship-type schemes", "Supporting VET teachers and trainers", "Cedefop opinion survey on VET". read more

by the ReferNet national teams is the main source of the Cedefop periodic progress report on VET policy for the European Commission. read more

inform on the latest developments in vocational education and training, employment and labour market issues in all partner countries. read more

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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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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