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European information network for vocational education and training

ReferNet is the European information network in the field of vocational education. The reports and analyses by the 30 ReferNet teams (EU, Norway and Iceland) provide information on various aspects of the national VET systems.

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ReferNet is the European network for collecting and spreading information and data about current developments in the field of vocational education and training (VET) and educational research. It was set up by Cedefop (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training) in 2002.

VET experts work together in the national ReferNet teams of the 28 EU member states plus Norway and Iceland. The task of national coordination in Germany has been with the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) from the start.

The aim of the network is to describe and reflect on the diversity of VET systems in Europe, to facilitate continuous scientific exchange and to prepare information and data for national and European actors in politics, research as well as for other experts and interested people. The information gained is published in country reports and serves as the basis for initiatives and processes at European level.

Common report structures make it possible to compare the different national vocational education and training systems and political developments in the EU member states.