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Information resources

Dutch VET system

Netherlands- VET in Europe – Country report 2014. See also our section Publications. The update will be published January 2016.
Spotlight on VET – The Netherlands (2014). The update will be published January 2016.
More information is available on the Cedefop website Vet in Europe and Country Data.

Policy developments

In this project Cedefop monitors and analyses progress towards achieving targets in vocational education and training that have been agreed within the Copenhagen process of enhanced European cooperation. Cedefop’s reports show how these short-term actions have been implemented in EU Member States and candidate countries.
– Trends in VET policy in Europe 2010-2012: Progress towards the Bruges Communiqué
– Stronger VET for better lives Cedefop’s monitoring report on vocational education and training policies 2010-14
More information on VET policy developments in EU Member States is available via Cedefop- Reporting on European training policy.

Cedefop Research Support Centre – Documentation

Cedefop’s bibliographical database VET-Bib offers to stakeholders a selective collection of European vocational education and training literature. From 1990-2015, ReferNet Netherlands contributed to the online bibliographical database VET-Bib.
VET-BIB is available via Cedefop Research Support Centre

Older ReferNet- reports

Research Report (2009)
‘National Policy Report 2008: VET developments since 2002 in the Netherlands’. The aim of this report is to highlight the main changes and initiatives during the 2002-2008 period.
Skills, competence development and innovative pedagogy (2007)

Information sources in the Netherlands

Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW)
Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
The Education Council (Onderwijsraad) provides English publications and files on a selection of topics
https://www.nuffic.nl/en (Nuffic)
https://www.s-bb.nl/en (SBB)
The Netherlands Association of VET Colleges (MBO Raad)

Cedefop