The key success factors for the delivery of economically-relevant Vocational Education and Training (VET) in schools and colleges

From June 6 to 7, the 2nd VET CIDREE expert meeting took place in Lyon, France. It was hosted by the French Institute of Education of the Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon. Key figures: 4 CIDREE members (FR, NL, SE, UK)

This expert meeting on VET took place only 8 months after the kick-off of the first meeting hosted by Scotland in September 2015. The CIDREE project aims at identifying the challenges and successes in improving vocational education and training in European countries and producing an overview of good practices that could be disseminated widely as a tool of improvement in VET systems.

During the first Meeting in Scotland, experts exchanged on their different national VET systems and identified several common issues regarding vocational pathways (relevant-vocationally skills, motivation of students, role of teacher, social backgrounds, lack of resources and financing…)

The second Expert Meeting was organized around workshops, round tables and presentations of national frameworks, experimentations, initiative of excellence and policy measures implemented. Through these rich exchanges, the meeting enabled to:

  • Build upon the outcomes of the first meeting in September 2015 by producing a template of VET systems in secondary school and college in Scotland, France, Sweden, the Netherlands and Switzerland; and identifying common issues to tackle
  • Set up two matrices comparing VET systems and Key Success Factors to identify differences and similarities at the national level
  • Focus on vocational models and their connections with the labour market
  • Exchange on good practices in each country in order to face the issues encountered and re-think those practices outside the national context- identify European areas of convergence where foreign problem-solving methods can be implemented.

In order to produce a relevant-vocationally guide book of good practices in vocational education, the project’s rationale consists, at first in a better understanding of the different VET national frameworks, and then in identifying key success factors for improving it at the European level.

Next step: a forthcoming Expert Meeting enabling to highlight specific national policies and to visit vocational education sites.

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