Reporting on European developments in VET policy and mobilityalso on Cedefop website
Reporting on VET policy developments
The yearly ReferNet contributions on national VET policy developments are a key source for Cedefop's regular progress report on VET to the European Commission and for the country chapters on developments in VET policy.
They are part of Cedefop's monitoring, which monitors progress towards achieving objectives and benchmarks agreed upon in VET. It is part of the so-called Copenhagen Process.
The contribution of the ReferNet network consists of detailed information on policy developments and trends from the respective national point of view. They illustrate the developments in the individual countries and form the basis for transnational trend analyses.
For the ReferNet Germany contribution to the country chapter, numerous sources are evaluated. Here are the most important:
- Annual VET report of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF),
- Annual data report of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB),
- Data of the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis),
- Resolutions of the BIBB's Board and of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the federal states (KMK).
The Mobility Scoreboard for initial vocational training (IVET) is a tool for monitoring policy developments. It assists policy making on international mobility in IVET and the implementation of the Recommendation of the Youth on the Move (2011) Council in the European countries. Cedefop, in collaboration with the ReferNet partners, has compiled extensive country information on the current situation, opportunities and obstacles. The Scoreboard also provides member states with suggestions on how to improve their framework conditions in order to further facilitate mobility.
It is intended for policy makers; “mobility users”, i.e. IVET learners’ organisations and mobility organisers (VET institutions, mobility agencies, companies involved in mobility, guidance institutions, and staff involved in organising mobility activities); experts, researchers, and the wide public.
The database (as of 2019) addresses 10 key action areas:
- Information and guidance on opportunities;
- Motivating learners for mobility;
- Preparing learners for mobility;
- Removing obstacles to mobility;
- Portability of grants and loans;
- Ensuring mobility quality;
- Recognition of learning outcomes;
- Support to disadvantaged learners;
- Partnerships and funding;
- Involving multipliers.
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. A research report and a brochure published at the end of 2017 summarise the results.
To showcase the findings, Cedefop has developed data visualisations online. The results of the survey on the various topics and for each country are processed there, making it is possible to see how people’s opinions about VET differ from one Member State to another.
ReferNet Germany provided interpretations of the national results in the German context. The supplementary national analyses were published in January 2019.