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:
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.