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European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop)

Supporting vocational education and training

1 in 3 working Europeans – 75 million people – have few or no educational qualifications, making them 3 times more likely to be unemployed than those with advanced qualifications.

Around half of all Europeans acquire their first job-related skills through vocational education and training (VET). Many more go on to develop those skills and learn new ones through training or experience in the workplace.


Cedefop works closely with the Commission, national governments, employer & trade union representatives, researchers and practitioners – providing up-to-date information on developments in VET and creating opportunities to debate 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 policies
  • fill knowledge gaps and identify trends and challenges
  • increase awareness of VET’s importance
  • bring together policy-makers, social partners, researchers and practitioners to identify ways to improve policies
  • support joint European approaches, principles and tools to improve VET.

Mission – support development and implementation of European VET policies

Strategic objective – strengthen European cooperation, help design and implement VET policies that promote excellence and social inclusion

Medium-term priorities 2012-14 – support modernisation of VET systems; promote continuing education, adult & work-based learning; analyse skill needs.

European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training

Contact details


Europe 123

GR-57001 Thessaloniki (Pylea)


+30 2310 490 111
+30 2310 490 049