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Vocational Education and Training: Policy and practice in the field of special needs education (VET)


Vocational Education and Training is a broad concept, usually defined at European level as preparing learners for jobs with a basis in manual or practical activities, traditionally non-academic and entirely related to a specific trade, occupation or vocation.

The topic of Vocational Education and Training in the field of special needs education has been highlighted by all Agency country representatives as a top priority. The Agency therefore decided to carry out a three year project on this topic, with activities beginning in 2010 and running until the end of 2012. This section of the Agency website provides access to all the results of the VET project.

The Agency member countries involved in the VET project were:  Austria, Belgium (covering both the Flemish and French speaking communities), Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland and Wales).

In addition, representatives from the European Commission (DG Education and Culture), CEDEFOP, ILO and OECD were involved in the project’s activities.

There are three different ways of accessing the project information, which can be selected using the menu on the right:

  • Topic focus: provides an introduction and a general overview of the project activities
  • Inquiry focus: provides information on different detail levels
  • Country focus: provides access to the country examples and the respective policy context

On 8th May 2013 in the European Parliament, MEP Ádám Kósa, President of the Disability Intergroup hosted the launch of the VET project outcomes with active involvement of distinguished professionals and representatives of international bodies and European Institutions. Read more about this round table event...

Key project results in short: