National authorities and social partners from 33 European countries are taking part in the Copenhagen Process to help develop vocational education and training systems.
Since 2002, the countries involved have worked together to develop innovative policies and actions. The overall aim is to improve the quality of vocational training and to encourage more individuals to make wider use of vocational learning opportunities, whether at school, in higher education, in the workplace, or through private courses.
The actions and tools developed aim to allow users to link and build on learning acquired at various times, in both formal and non-formal contexts.
National education ministers have met every two years to review the process. The latest revision took place in December 2010. The European Ministers for Vocational Training, the European Social Partners and the European Commission met in Bruges, Belgium, to set the priorities of the Copenhagen Process for 2011-2020.
The enclosed brochure explains in a nutshell the aims of the European cooperation in VET, carried out as part of the Copenhagen Process. In addition, it includes the whole text of the Bruges Communiqué.