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.


19-Apr-18: VET News - April 2018

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

VET News International Nr. 13-2018

VET News International Nr. 12-2018

VET News International Nr. 11-2018

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.

13-Sep-17: Spotlight on VET Germany 2016-17

This flyer provides a concise overview of Germany’s vocational education and training system by summarising its features, challenges and developments.

It is published online on the Cedefop website: here.

Spotlight on VET Germany 2016-17


23-Aug-17: European Vocational Skills Week 2017

The EU Commission organised from 20 to 24 November 2017 the second European Vocational Skills Week under the motto „Discover Your Talent“. Events dealing with vocational education and training took place in all Europe, at local, regional and national levels.

More information: here

23-Mai-17: VET in Europe - Report Germany 2016

This 2016 report presents 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.

VET in Europe - Germany 2016