Multilevel governance: conference conclusions
Thematic Area: ; VET Governance
On 31 May and 1 June, the ETF invited people from almost all of its partner countries to Brussels to discuss one of the most promising models for education policy and strategy development: multilevel governance.
The ETF conference on multilevel governance brought together some 145 participants from 37 countries. Besides partner countries and EU institutions there were also a number of EU Member States and international organisations represented in the event.
While for many this was a new topic, it appeared to be quite easily understood. Putting it into practice may prove to be another matter altogether. There is work to be done.
Now to help in this work, the ETF has published the conclusions of the conference.
The key points of the document are:
• The need for coordinated action among stakeholders in vocational education and training,
• Focus on horizontal and vertical cooperation,
• Moving from involvement to active participation of stakeholders,
• Considering the role of the state - facilitation and control,
• Identification of clear functions and responsibilities when government powers are shared,
• Capacity building and accountability required to implement multilevel governance requires,
• The need for more autonomy of VET schools and empowerment of the school directors.
Read full text of the conclusions.