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Evidence Based Policy Analysis

The evidence-based analysis of vocational education and training (VET) policy areas includes school-based assessments focusing on the skills related dimension. Overall, the ETF is guided by the principle of ensuring policy coherence between vocational education and training, employment and private sector development as a way of increasing competitiveness and creating inclusive societies in the partner countries. The ETF adopts a holistic approach to VET, using a broad concept for both young people and adults, initial and continuing training for students, unemployed or employed people, and adhering to a system approach, taking into account not only the system elements and how they communicate, but also how the VET system responds to the economic and social environment in which it operates. Holistic also refers to formal, informal and non-formal types of training.

Over the 2014/20 period, the transversal policy objectives to be addressed are social inclusion, competitiveness and, more generally, sustainable development. Innovation is also a transversal issue, both in what refers to the continuous improvement of systems and to the new approaches to develop methodologies and tools in support of changing the VET practice. In addition, the policy areas: Qualifications and Qualifications Systems; VET Governance; Learning and Teaching in VET; VET Quality Assurance; Employment and Employability; Skills Dimension of Migration and Mobility; Entrepreneurial Learning and Enterprise Skills are considered to be of strategic importance for ETF work in the partner countries and are the subject of expertise development so as to better support ETF operations in the countries and regions.

Within each of these multiannual and corporate thematic priority areas, the ETF’s objectives are to:

  • Develop methodological instruments and approaches to support ETF operations in the partner countries taking into account (i) country policy developments and needs, (ii) EU policies in the fields of VET, employment, social inclusion and entrepreneurship and (iii) international developments.
  • Monitor policy developments in the partner countries closely.
  • Facilitate knowledge dissemination and knowledge sharing on policy developments in the partner countries and the EU.

The expected results by the end of 2017 are:

  • Customised policy advice and interventions targeted to the needs of the partner countries.
  • Well-informed advice to the EU to contribute to the programming of assistance to partner countries and policy dialogue.
  • Enriched international debate on VET development in developing and transition countries.



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