In the recent years EU cooperation in VET policies has been strengthened in the framework of the Copenhagen process / Bruges Communiqué and more recently with the adoption of the so-called Riga conclusions, which set five key priorities to further improve VET systems for the period 2015 to 2020.
Xarxa FP, as the only existing European network of cities working on VET mobility and innovation, contributes with its expertise to the design of EU education policies by participating in key European policy dialogue events and consultations in the VET field. In particular, we are members of the European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA), a unique platform which brings together governments with other key stakeholders, like businesses, social partners, chambers, vocational education and training (VET) providers, regions, youth representatives or think tanks, to strengthen the quality, supply and image of apprenticeships in Europe.
EU Vocational Education and Training: Key priorities for the period 2015-2020
- Work-based learning
Promote work-based learning in all its forms, with a focus on apprenticeships by involving social partners, companies and VET providers, as well as by stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship.
- Quality assurance
Further develop quality assurance mechanisms in VET in line with the European Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET) recommendation and, as part of quality assurance systems, establish continuous information and feedback loops to initial VET (IVET) and continuing VET (CVET) systems based on learning outcomes.
Enhance access to VET and qualifications for all through more flexible and permeable systems. Above all, this can be done by offering efficient and integrated guidance services and by making available validation of non-formal and informal learning.
- Key competences
Further strengthen key competences in VET curricula and provide better opportunities to acquire or develop those skills through IVET and CVET.
- VET teachers and trainers
Introduce systematic approaches and opportunities for initial and continuous professional development of VET teachers, trainers and mentors in both school and work-based settings.
Useful resources on EU cooperation in VET
ECVET – European Credit System for Vocational Education & Training
EQAVET – European Quality Assurance framework for Vocational Education and Training
Agenda for new skills and jobs – EU’s flagship initiative on employment
CEDEFOP – European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training
ET2020 – EU Strategic framework for cooperation in Education & Training
Education and Training Monitor – Annual series that captures the evolution of Europe’s education and training systems
Useful resources on EU funding related to VET
Useful resources on EU cooperation in Education & Training
Council of the European Union
- Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council (EYCS)
- Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council configuration (EPSCO)
- Committee on Culture and Education (CULT Committee)
- Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL Committee)