HomeReferNet collects information on, and monitors developments in, national VET policies and systems. This information is used for different purposes and products:

VET in Europe reports describe national VET systems for young people and adults in all ReferNet partner countries, and are aimed at the wider public. They explain how qualifications are developed and which programmes lead to which qualifications. They also include information on how countries encourage VET provision and participation.
VET in Europe reports are used to produce Short description of VET reports for Member States that hold the Presidency of the EU; these are available in hard copy for Presidency and related events.

Spotlight on VET flyers are aimed at readers who need a concise overview of VET in a specific country. Along with basic information about a country’s VET qualifications and programmes, Spotlights indicate progression routes, describe distinctive features of the system and present main challenges and policy responses. The flyer format makes them easy to read at a glance.

Animated videos describing the national VET systems are produced based on the Spotlights of the EU Presidency countries, Bulgaria, Estonia, Malta, Slovakia, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Latvia, Italy

Thematic perspectives is a series of articles on themes that are relevant to Europe. Themes covered so far have featured among the highest priorities of the EU Presidencies and flagship initiatives. They complement the more general information provided in VET in Europe reports and Spotlights. Themes share a common structure, allowing for comparison across EU Member States, Iceland and Norway.

National newsstories provide updates on recent developments in VET and VET-related labour market issues in all partner countries. They complement the news in Cedefop’s newsletters.

30 national websites share and disseminate information produced by the ReferNet network and Cedefop in national languages, focusing on national VET issues.

ReferNet partners also contribute to major Cedefop projects, including:

The  report  Stronger VET for better lives: Cedefop’s monitoring report on vocational education and training policies 2010-14and National policy developments in vocational education and training  which review VET and VET-related policy developments and reforms in priority areas agreed on by the EU Member States (plus Iceland and Norway), European social partners, candidate countries and the European Commission in the 2010 Bruges communiqué and the 2015 Riga conclusions; and

The IVET mobility scoreboard, a tool for monitoring developments in IVET mobility policies, identifying obstacles to mobility and suggesting ways forward. More...