Cedefop

 
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Cedefop, (the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training) supports development of European vocational education and training (VET) policies and contributes to their implementation.

Cedefop works to strengthen European cooperation and provide the evidence on which to base European VET policy. Cedefop’s added value is the high quality of its comparative analyses and expertise gathered through research and networking, which are used to:

  • Provide technical advice and propose ideas for VET policies;
  • Fill knowledge gaps and generating new insights that identify trends in and challenges for VET;
  • Increase awareness of VET’s image and importance;
  • Bring together policy-makers, social partners, researchers and practitioners to share ideas and debate the best ways to improve VET policies;
  • Support and encourage joint European approaches, principles and tools to improve VET.

Cedefop works closely with the European Commission, Member States’ governments, representatives of employers and trade unions, VET researchers and practitioners. It provides them with up-to-date information on developments in VET as well as opportunities for policy debate.

Cedefop disseminates its information through its website, publications, networks, study visits, conferences and seminars. Cedefop’s activities are guided by its mission and medium-term priorities.
The center was born in Berlin (Germany) in 1975 and was transferred to Thessaloniki (Greece) in 1995.

Medium-term priorities

Cedefop’s mission is to support development of European VET policies and contribute to their implementation.

Cedefop’s strategic objective is to ‘strengthen European cooperation and support the European Commission, Member States and social partners in designing and implementing policies for an attractive VET that promotes excellence and social inclusion’.

The strategic objective is supported by three medium-term priorities for 2012-14:

  • Supporting modernisation of VET systems
  • Careers and transitions – Continuing VET, adult and work-based learning
  • Analysing skills and competence needs to inform VET provision

The medium-term priorities guide the activities of Cedefop’s annual work programmes and ensure continuity of work allowing the necessary flexibility to respond to changing needs.


In 2015, Cedefop celebrates the 40th anniversary of its foundation – and the 20th of its relocation from Berlin to Thessaloniki. ‘Old roots for new routes’ is the anniversary theme, which draws inspiration from the past to continue the work of improving vocational education and training (VET). Read more: Cedefop turns 40!

   
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