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INTRODUCTION
The European Training Foundation (ETF) supports the vision to make vocational education and training (VET) a driver for lifelong learning and sustainable development, with a special focus on competitiveness and social cohesion. Developing appropriate policies and measuring the effect of these policies requires solid evidence that covers VET and its links with the labour market, economic development, social cohesion, entrepreneurship and innovation. Evidence-based policy making has acquired considerable interest in recent years. This has paved the way for a renewed emphasis on quantitative indicators that can assist policy makers in formulating, monitoring and evaluating policies and performance. In 2010 the ETF launched a series of reviews of VET systems in all of its partner countries known as the Torino Process.
These assessments were informed by quantitative data based on a collection of relevant VET policy and system indicators. This exercise was repeated in 2012, with the quantitative data collection supported by three statistical workshops that were organised with representatives of national statistical offices and relevant ministries in March 2012. This paper is the result of the 2012 Torino Process data collection. It is intended to be a ready source of information on the state of play of VET policies and systems in ETF partner countries for national policy makers and the international community. Selected quantitative indicators are presented and analysed. Data for the EU Member States have been added to inspire policy learning and dialogue both between the EU and partner countries, and among the partner countries themselves.
A secondary aim of the paper is to raise awareness among policy makers in the partner countries of the importance of indicators in driving the policy cycle, and of the availability and sources of selected VET policy and system indicators in their countries and regions. This paper is divided into three main chapters. The first describes the data collection process of the Torino Process 2012. In the second chapter, the regional tables with selected quantitative indicators are presented and analysed. The third chapter is an introduction to international developments in VET policy and system indicators. A final chapter draws conclusions and offers suggestions for future steps. The paper can be read on its own or as a complement to the ETF’s Torino Process reports and country studies, and the ETF’s labour market reviews. All of these are available from the ETF website1. The Torino Process reports provide a more comprehensive evaluation of VET systems and trends in the labour market and in education. Download ETF key indicators 2012: Overview and analysis.