Stronger vocational education and training for better livesAbstract


Common European priorities in training have had a positive effect. It’s time to reach levels of implementation that help people and enterprises

Today’s challenges for vocational education and training (VET) were unforeseen just over a decade ago when, in 2002, the Copenhagen process for European cooperation in VET was launched (Box 1). Agreed in December 2010, the Bruges communiqué set the agenda for VET in Europe just as the impact of the economic crisis was unfolding. VET was seen as a way to help tackle rising unemployment by helping make people employable. About half of all jobs in Europe require medium-level qualifications, many of which are acquired through VET.

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