In 2020, vocational education and training in Europe will need to draw conclusions and make new plans. Many strategy papers and initiatives are aligned to this year. The European Commission’s new Work Programme for the next five years has been available since January. New perspectives will open up for vocational education and training as a result of this plan and in the wake of Brexit. The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP) has acted as a reference centre for the EU since its establishment in 1975. It observes the development of VET systems and supports specialist representatives from the fields of policy, practice and research in the further development of vocational education and training in Europe.
In this interview, CEDEFOP’s Executive Director Dr. Jürgen Siebel outlines his assessments of current and future challenges and also provides an insight into the work carried out by the centre.