The future of voca­tio­nal education and training

Under the leadership of 3s, more than 100 researchers from all EU member states are investigating the status and perspectives of vocational education and training in Europe and preparing future directions in education policy.

Two nar­ra­ti­ves, which could not be more con­tra­dic­to­ry, have dominated the debate on the deve­lo­p­ment of voca­tio­nal education and training in Europe for years. Some see it as an outdated model — due to the change to knowledge society, the trend towards higher qua­li­fi­ca­ti­on and the incre­a­sing import­ance of trans­ver­sal com­pe­ten­ces. Others see a renais­sance of VET, pointing to the digi­ta­li­sa­ti­on of app­ren­ti­ce­ships and the estab­lish­ment of higher voca­tio­nal education.

The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop), an agency of the European Union, wanted clarity and com­mis­sio­ned 3s with the three-year project ‘The Changing Nature and Role of VET’. Together with rese­ar­chers from all EU member states, the changes over the past 20 years were examined. The final report, published in 2020, sum­ma­ri­ses the results and also outlines three scenarios for the year 2035. One con­clu­si­on: VET has indeed changed radically. While, for example, the training of skilled workers has lost import­ance, at the same time voca­tio­nal ori­en­ta­ti­on in training — also in higher education — has become more and more pronounced.

As a result, Cedefop has also com­mis­sio­ned 3s to lead the follow-up project ‘The Future of voca­tio­nal education and training’. Once again, more than 100 rese­ar­chers from all 27 EU Member States as well as the United Kingdom, Iceland and Norway are par­ti­ci­pa­ting. Together they are analysing the oppor­tu­nities and chal­len­ges of European voca­tio­nal education and training in detail and thus preparing future direc­tions in education policy.


Project: The Future of Vocational Education and Training

Contact: Jörg Markowitsch

Mail to joerg.markowitsch@3s.co.at

Client: Cedefop (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training)

Duration: 2020-2023

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Innovation & Development Projects

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Studies & Analyses

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Innovation & Development Projects

Promoting the green trans­for­ma­ti­on in European VET

The EU project GREENOVET supports the establishment of "Centres of Vocational Excellence" to enhance the development of an innovative, inclusive and sustainable economy in Europe.

Services & Events

Enhancing the deve­lo­p­ment of skills in Europe

The European Union's “Pact for Skills” calls both public and private stakeholders to launch or strengthen collective education and training initiatives. 3s supports the implementation.

Studies & Analyses

Towards a new genera­ti­on of Individual Learning Accounts

In a study for Cedefop, a 3s led research consortium explores the potential of the new Council Recommendation on Individual Learning Accounts and aims to develop tailored guidelines for working towards the implementation.

Innovation & Development Projects

Promoting the green trans­for­ma­ti­on in European VET

The EU project GREENOVET supports the establishment of "Centres of Vocational Excellence" to enhance the development of an innovative, inclusive and sustainable economy in Europe.

Studies & Analyses

Towards a new genera­ti­on of Individual Learning Accounts

In a study for Cedefop, a 3s led research consortium explores the potential of the new Council Recommendation on Individual Learning Accounts and aims to develop tailored guidelines for working towards the implementation.

Innovation & Development Projects

Promoting the green trans­for­ma­ti­on in European VET

The EU project GREENOVET supports the establishment of "Centres of Vocational Excellence" to enhance the development of an innovative, inclusive and sustainable economy in Europe.