Vocational education and training (VET) is a key element of lifelong learning systems, which equip citizens with knowledge, skills and competences required in particular occupations and on the labour market.
VET responds to the needs of the economy, but also provides learners with skills important for personal development and active citizenship. VET can also boost enterprise performance, competitiveness, and research and innovation and is a central aspect of successful employment and social policy.
CEDEFOP (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training) launches a new platform with data from VET systems across the European Union, Iceland and Norway. It consists of a comprehensive database to help understand similarities and differences of national VET systems, with "detailed information about each VET programme type, including qualification levels, share of work-based learning, providers and target groups".