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
- 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
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.
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!