European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop)
Cedefop is the centre of reference for vocational education and training for the European Union.
Vocational education and training aims to provide people with the knowledge, skills and competence they need throughout their working life. With its expertise in research and policy analysis, Cedefop provides evidence to the European Commission, Council and European Parliament as well as Member States and the social partners who work together in this field. The aim is to ensure that people acquire the right skills, move easily between jobs, sectors and countries, and have their skills – however acquired – recognised and valued.
Among other projects, Cedefop reports on policy developments in the EU Member States, forecasts the medium-term supply and demand of skills in Europe as a whole, analyses financing schemes, and studies the benefits of tools, such as Europass and the European qualifications framework.
In addition Cedefop coordinates the study visits programme for education and vocational training specialists and decision makers on behalf of the European Commission.