Toolkits on VET

Here you can find toolkits that provide documents and material on VET.

The Apprenticeship toolbox

The apprenticeship toolbox informs on the dual VET systems in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Luxemburg and Switzerland. The toolbox provides an overview of key features of the apprenticeship systems and how they are implemented in the five countries.

The toolbox offers different approaches to its content. A thematic approach enables the comparison of the different systems. A collection of material contains important material on apprenticeships, e.g. on quality assurance. The country approach provides information on the apprenticeships in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Luxemburg and Switzerland. Moreover, there are detailed country reports available for download. The toolbox is intended for authorities in EU member states who wish to reform their VET system and who want to implement dual elements.

The apprenticeship toolbox was created by the national VET authorities from Austria, Denmark, Germany, Luxemburg and Switzerland. They have formed a partnership, in order to support the European alliance of Apprenticeship. The aim of the European alliance of Apprenticeship is to enhance VET in Europe.

Link to the apprenticeship toolbox

GIZ toolkit "Learning and working in the informal economy"

The GIZ toolkit "Learning and working in the informal economy" focuses on the informal sector in its cooperation in the area of vocational education and training. It is available in German and in English. It provides an overview of recent research and current development policy practice related to vocational education and training in and for the informal economy. It contains general information on informal economy and case examples. A toolbox offers summarized information and materials on:

  • Recognition of informally acquired skills
  • Employment services after training
  • BAFIS (Occupation-oriented Vocational Education and Further Training for Target Groups in the Informal Sector)
  • Vocational education and training for business start-ups
  • Community-based training (CBT)
  • Financing approaches
  • Green skills for informal workers
  • The learning networks approach (LearnNet)
  • Mobile vocational education and training
  • Opening training centres for target groups from the informal economy
  • Modernized traditional apprenticeships
  • The life skills approach
  • Cooperating with and supporting local economy institutions

Link to the GIZ toolkit "Learning and working in the informal economy"

Work-based learning toolkit

The work-based learning toolkit covers several education sectors in which work-based learning plays an important role. Vocational Education and Training (VET) is one of them. The introductory section informs on the goals and principles of work-based learning. More detailed information on work-based learning is provided in the section “Themes”.

The toolbox contains several search options. The user can filter the products and Tools, in order to find the one which best suits his development or delivery needs.

Moreover, the toolkit contains case examples, a list of projects and a glossary.
The toolkit addresses to stakeholders in education sectors that are interested in work-based learning: e.g. trainers, teachers, social partners, employment agencies or education providers.

The toolkit was created by NetWBL. NetWBL is a network of 29 national funding agencies, which is coordinated by the German National Agency at BIBB.

Link to the work-based learning toolkit