The European Centre for the Development of Vocational training (Cedefop) helps develop and implement EU vocational training policies. It monitors labour market trends and helps the European Commission, EU countries, employers' organisations and trade unions to match training provision to labour market needs.
Cedefop is the EU organisation that brings together policymakers, employers' organisations and trade unions, training institutions, teachers and trainers, and learners of all ages – everyone with a stake in vocational education and training.
At the crossroads between education systems and the world of work, Cedefop operates as a forum, allowing the organisations with a stake in its work to share ideas and debate how best to improve vocational education and training in Europe. It shares its expertise with political organisations and the 2 sides of industry in the EU countries to help them generate learning and working opportunities.
Cedefop is a tripartite agency. Its Governing Board comprises representatives of:
The director is responsible for the overall management of the agency's work and staff.
Experts in the labour market and in vocational education and training carry out the day-to-day work. They are supported by administrative and communication staff.
Cedefop cooperates with other agencies: