CEDEFOP - Overview
CEDEFOP - the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, established in 1975, is a European agency that helps promote and develop vocational education and training in the European Union (EU). It is the EU's reference centre for Vocational Education and Training (VET).
European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training
Cedefop was one of the first specialised and decentralised agencies set up to provide scientific and technical know-how in specific fields and promote exchanges of ideas between different European partners. Originally based in Berlin, in 1995 CEDEFOP's head office was transferred to Thessaloniki. CEDEFOP has a liaison office in Brussels.
CEDEFOP works to promote a European area of lifelong learning throughout an enlarged EU. It does this by providing information on and analyses of vocational education and training systems, policies, research and practice. It offers advice, research,analysis, information, and stimulates European cooperation and mutual learning. Its networks allow the Centre to keep abreast of recent developments. CEDEFOP works closely with the European Commission, governments, representatives of employers and trade unions, as well as with researchers and practitioners. It provides them with up-to-date information on developments, experience and innovation in VET, and forums for policy debate.
CEDEFOP's tasks are to:
- compile selected documentation and analyses of data;
- contribute to developing and coordinating research;
- exploit and disseminate information;
- encourage joint approaches to vocational education and training problems;
- provide a forum for debate and exchanges of ideas.
|Projects and Networks
CEDEFOP is involved in the following projects and networks:
- European Journal of Vocational Training. European Journal of Vocational Training is a periodical which appears three times a year and has an independent Editorial Committee. Those wishing to contribute to the Journal can submit their articles in the call for articles section.
- Vet Policy Analysis. This project aims to stimulate debate among researchers, policy makers and practitioners worldwide and to support mutual learning. It focuses on analysing the progress made in improving the quality and attractiveness of VET at EU-level. It also examines VET developments in non-European global players and tries to identify future challenges for VET.
- TTnet. TTnet is the Training of Trainers network set up by Cedefop in 1998 as a Pan-European forum for key players and decision-makers in the training and professional development of vocational teachers and trainers.
- eLearning. E-learning provides basic information about electronic learning on the topic of VET for all those working in education. Its aim is to develop a community of practice as technology gradually enters the world of vocational education and training.
- Research Laboratory. The research laboratory is dedicated to the community of researchers; it is aimed at sharing experience and informing on the most recent Cedefop reports and activities in the research field.
- Skillsnet. The Skillsnet project brings together highly qualified researchers and other stakeholders from across the world to present and discuss outcomes and methods of research and analysis on new and changing skill needs. It also presents medium to longer-term prospects of skills available in the labour market.
- Lifelong Guidance. Lifelong Guidance is a resource for both the provision of information on recent European Union policy developments in lifelong guidance and the exchange of views. Information collected here is targeted to all those interested in lifelong guidance policy and strategy as well as following up research results.
- Quality assurance in VET. Quality assurance in VET is a project supporting Cedefop’s effort to promote quality enhancement in VET by providing technical and scientific support to the Commission in the implementation of its successive programmes on Quality in VET.
- Social Partners. This project is dedicated to the social partners and anyone interested in labour relations in general. It is an information platform for supporting the main stakeholders in lifelong learning policies at European, national, regional and sectoral level.
- Cedra. The Cedefop Research Arena aims to develop new thinking regarding the learning processes for adults in work environments. In order to achieve this goal Cedra forms small European research networks to engage in European development work on a 'work related learning' topic.
- Ero. The European Research Overview supports cooperation between researchers across Europe aiming at the creation of a community of European researchers in vocational education and training and human resource development.