ReferNet is a European network initiated by the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop). It aims to meet the growing demand for comparable information on policies and developments in the area of vocational education and training (VET) in the European Union.

VET experts work together in the national ReferNet teams of the 28 EU member states plus Norway and Iceland. The ReferNet coordinator in Germany is the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB). Have a look at our ReferNet flyer (update 2017)!

"Spotlight on VET Germany" summarises the features, challenges and developments of the German VET system. The brochure can be downloaded in English, German, Spanish and French.


11-Jul-18: VET News - June / July 2018

The information service „VET news international“ (ReferNet Germany) compiles publications and links with current developments on European VET.

VET News International Nr. 22-2018

VET News International Nr. 21-2018

VET News International Nr. 20-2018

2-Jul-18: #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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29-Mai-18: 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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25-Apr-18: Survey on changing 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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11-Dez-17: ReferNet annual plenary meeting 2017

On 29-30 November 2017, over 50 ReferNet members and national representatives from 29 countries discussed with Cedefop experts the latest VET policy developments, prepared the 2018 work plan and shared experiences related to the network's deliverables in working groups.