Reporting on VET developments

Each year, ReferNet reports on specific news stories relevant to VET developments.

In 2013, these stories are more closely linked to the EU’s Education and Training 2020 strategy and show examples of how member states work towards meeting national targets in line with this strategy.

News stories from across Europe can be found on Cedefop’s website. UK news stories are also displayed below:


Inspiring the Future

The Inspiring the Future programme has enabled young people to engage with volunteers from industry on more than one million occasions according to its four-year review More...

Increasingly diverse university entrance routes

An increasing number of university applicants in the UK are applying based on a widening range of secondary level qualifications – many of which are vocational in nature. More...

Transition Training Fund for oil and gas workers

People who face losing their jobs in the oil and gas sector, as a consequence of lower oil prices affecting business, will be helped to transition into other energy industry and manufacturing jobs through the Scottish Government’s new £12 million Transition Training Fund. More...

Lifetime Earnings of Apprentices and Graduates

A report by Barclays Bank and the Centre for Economics and Business Research has revealed that the average lifetime earnings potential of higher level apprentices is closing in on that of university graduates. More...


Fire Service involved in Skills Challenge development in Wales

A new Welsh Baccalaureate qualification is being introduced from September 2015 with greater emphasis on applied and purposeful learning and assessment. More...

College reform in England

Colleges in England are responding positively to new freedoms and flexibilities awarded in recent years, according to recent government findings. More...

New Qualifications Framework

The rules for the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) were withdrawn at the end of September 2015. The new Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) gives qualification designers more flexibility from October 2015. More...


Supporting accessible and inclusive apprenticeships

The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) has assembled a toolkit aimed at helping employers take on apprentices with disabilities. More...

Introducing a Technical Baccalaureate Measure

The government has announced the introduction of a new 16-19 performance table measure for schools and colleges in England. More...


Traineeships introduced for 16-24-year-olds

A new Traineeship programme has been introduced in England this summer. The programmes are designed to provide young, unemployed people who possess little work experience and low qualifications with skills and work experience in preparation for Apprenticeships and employment. More...

Professional apprenticeships to be introduced at degree level

Apprenticeships are for the first time being developed at graduate and post-graduate levels in England. Higher Apprenticeship frameworks will be available at degree level in professional subjects including law, accountancy and advanced engineering in 2013. More…


Apprenticeship starts reach the half million mark in England

The year 2011/12 witnessed a rise of more than 45 000 apprenticeship starts in England, taking the total number of new apprentices to 502 540 for the academic year. This represents a 222 850 increase in numbers from 2009/10 and follows what has been a positive trend for several years. More…

Scottish college mergers

Mergers are starting to feature in the Scottish further education college landscape. It is planned that the number of colleges in Scotland will be reduced from the current number of 42, and the remaining colleges will be structured within 12 regional clusters through further mergers and regional partnerships. More…

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