The Changing nature and role of Vocational Education and Training

Publications and updates

3s (the lead partner), in collaboration with FGB, the Danish Technological Institute, the University of Warwick Institute of Employment Research, and the Institute of International and Social Studies at Tallinn University, were commissioned in December 2015 by CEDEFOP to undertake a study on the Changing Nature and Role of Vocational Education and Training.  This promises to be an important study that will demontrate the way in which VET has responded to a number of challenges over recent decades, and how it will need to change in the future in a world where robots, AI and Industry 4.0 are likely to change the demand for skills.

Terence Hogarth at FGB leads on the work assignment entitled “The external factors influencing VET”.

The first results of “Changing nature and role of VET” project are available online

Cedefop recently has published two reports that demonstrate first results of the project “Changing nature and role of VET”.

First publication is on conceptions of vocational education and training. It looks at existing definitions and explanations of vocational education and training and develops a theoretical model to analyse national definitions or conceptions of VET and how they have changed over time.

To find the full publication, please click here.

Second publication includes the results of a survey among European VET experts  and considers national definitions and conceptions of VET in EU Member states, Iceland and Norway, and describes how these definitions and conceptions have changed over the past two decades.

To find the full publication, please click here.

The interested reader is also pointed to the papers and presentations from the workshop in February 2017 that provided initial findings from the study.

To find these papers. please click here.

Over the remaining project period, further publications on the external factors impacting VET, as well as changes in I-VET and C-VET, the role of VET in lifelong learning and VET in higher level education are expected to follow. In 2018, which is the project ‘s final year, future scenarios relating to how VET might develop over the next few decades will be explored.