Written by Kasia Pająk

At the end of the year, CEDEFOP (European Center for the Development of Vocational Training) published a report on the cooperation of European Union countries in developing vocational education and training.

The publication summarises the actions undertaken in 2015-2017 by EU Member States, Norway and Iceland. Although specific educational policies differ significantly, which may result from differences in the level of development among European countries or the reforms of individual education systems, the report indicates certain common pan-European trends and types of activities undertaken in the field of vocational education and training.

A stronger relationship between the economy and the VET system in Europe, as well as a significant improvement in how VET  is perceived are highlighted in the report. The report’s conclusions also point to a common aspect in the policies of various countries: the growing role of apprenticeships and learning in the workplace, as well as activities aimed at facilitating access to vocational education.

More information can be found in the publication itself, which is available on the CEDEFOP website