Sharing Knowledge
about Vocational Education and Training

ReferNet is the European information network
for vocational education and training (VET)

About ReferNet

ReferNet is a European network created by Cedefop in 2002 to provide information on national vocational education and training (VET) systems and policies in Member States, Iceland and Norway.


This information is displayed in Cedefop databases and is used for comparative studies. At country level it gives valuable insights into national VET systems. The network builds upon key institutions in each partner country.

ReferNet activities are cofinanced by Cedefop and Member States under a framework partnership agreement. Activities are of common benefit to participating countries and Cedefop. Regular meetings are organised at a central and regional level to promote exchange of information between partners, discuss the activities planned and improve the overall cooperation.

The national institute for the development of continuing vocational training (INFPC) coordinates the activities of ReferNet Luxembourg. The Ministry of Education, Children and Youth is in charge of the national representation.

About Cedefop

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.



You will find below the documents produced by ReferNet Luxembourg and by the European partners in the network

VET in Europe Database

VET in Europe database helps policy makers, social partners, researchers and other stakeholders better understand similarities and differences of national VET systems through easy-to-navigate up-to-date descriptions that are structured by theme.

Thematic perspectives

Online articles report on specific topics related to VET and labour market developments.

National news on VET

Latest developments in vocational education and training, and employment and labour market issues in all partner countries.

Short Description of national VET systems

Hard copy publications contributing to better understanding of VET systems in countries that hold the presidency of the Council of the European Union.


The Spotlight summarises key features, challenges and developments of the national VET system. Spotlights accommodate readers who need a concise introduction to VET in a specific country.

Timeline of VET Policies

Reporting on policies and practices in vocational education and training (VET) and lifelong learning (LLL)


The INFPC's Training Observatory (Observatoire de la Formation) meets the aim of the Government and social partners to build a detailed statistical knowledge and to produce reliable qualitative analysis on the link between work and training.

Country Data

Country statistical overviews and data for vocational education and training policies


Latest news

News Cedefop


Events Cedefop


Publications Cedefop