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Fourth "Cedefop" research report stresses importance of using applied research to underpin training policy
Article Type: Research news From: Education + Training, Volume 52, Issue 4
The latest report in Cedefop’s research series shows how vocational education and training help to sustain economic development, encourage innovation and productivity in companies, provide the skills that employers and employees need for economic development, and promote active ageing and social inclusion.
European and national policy has set high expectations for VET modernisation. VET should be an attractive option for young people and adults to foster the acquisition of professional qualifications and their updating throughout working life. Professional competences and skills delivered through VET should be a model of excellence, while being transparent to relevant parties at individual, company and State levels.
This fourth report on VET research in Europe analyses the above pressures for VET modernisation. Research, however, also underlines the key role of VET itself in addressing these socioeconomic challenges. VET, therefore, not only reacts to change, but is also a driver of success and competitiveness for European economies and societies. Throughout this publication, Cedefop has gathered evidence of the role VET plays in sustaining economic development, promoting active ageing, ensuring adequate skill supply, supporting corporate innovation capacity, growth and productivity, combating social exclusion and improving social cohesion. Synchronised and modern VET is not only an aim but also a means of addressing the challenges that lie ahead.
The report also analyses, from a research perspective, trends in the modernisation of vocational education and training such as improving the image and attractiveness of VET, developing qualifications systems and frameworks, professionalising VET teachers and trainers, and implementing lifelong guidance.
The report can be downloaded from: www.cedefop.europa.eu/EN/publications/14723.aspx