ReferNet-network-logo.pngReferNet is a network of national partners representing all Member States of the European Union, Iceland and Norway, set up in 2002 by Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training. Its mission is to support Cedefop by reporting on national vocational education and training (VET) systems and policy developments, and raise visibility of VET and Cedefop/ReferNet products nationally.

ReferNet national partners are key organisations involved in VET in the country they represent. ReferNet national partners are selected by Cedefop based on an open call for proposals. Their contractual cooperation with Cedefop is based on a two-year framework partnership agreement and annual specific grant agreements.

Specific grant agreements contain annual work plan, specifying the number and scope of deliverables to be prepared and submitted to Cedefop by ReferNet partners. The work plan is established by Cedefop after consultation with ReferNet partners. It may include reports, surveys, articles, news items, bibliographical references, etc. Each ReferNet partner also has to maintain a national ReferNet website.

Communication among partners, information provided by Cedefop and submission of deliverables by ReferNet takes place through various channels designed to promote cooperation:
•    plenary, regional or working group meetings;
•    an extranet platform with information on partners and planned activities;
•    workflows designed to submit and register deliverables and provide feedback at various stages

Flyer about ReferNet network is available Here


ReferNet National partners

ibw Austria - Research & Development in VET
Ms Sabine Tritscher-Archan
Homepage | ReferNet website | RSS feed for the country

Bruxelles Formation
Ms Isabelle Allinckx
Homepage | ReferNet website |

NAVET - National Agency for Vocational Education and Training)
Ms Drakeva Radosveta
Homepage | ReferNet website

AVETAE - Agency for Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education
Mr Nino Buic
Homepage | ReferNet website |

HRDA - Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus
Mr Yiannis Mourouzides
Homepage | ReferNet website |

Czech Republic
NÚV - National Institute for Education, Education Counselling Centre, And Centre for Continuing Education of Teachers
Ms Martina Kanakova
Homepage | ReferNet website | RSS feed for the country

Metropolitan University College
Ms Katrine Kruse
Homepage | ReferNet website | RSS feed for the country

Ministry of Education and Research
Ms Tatjana Kiilo
Homepage | ReferNet website | RSS feed for the country

Finnish National Board of Education
Mr Aapo Koukku
Homepage | ReferNet website | RSS feed for the country  |  |

Centre Inffo – Centre for the Development of Information on Continuing Vocational Training
Mr Régis Roussel
Homepage | ReferNet website | RSS feed for the country |  | 

BIBB - Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training
Ms Ute Hippach-Schneider
Homepage | ReferNet website | RSS feed for the country

Mr Konstantinos Papaefstathiou
Homepage | ReferNet website | |

National Office of Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning - NSZFH-NOVETAL
Ms Judit Gömöri Olasz
Homepage | ReferNet website |

Education Directorate
Mr Oskar H. Nielsson
Homepage | ReferNet website |

SOLAS - Further Education and Training Authority
Ms Nora Condon
Homepage | ReferNet website |

INAPP - Istituto Nazionale per l'Analisi delle Politiche Pubbliche
Ms Isabella Pitoni
HomepageReferNet website | RSS feed for the country

AIC – Academic Information Centre - Latvian National Observatory
Ms Sarmite Rutkovska
Homepage | ReferNet website | RSS feed for the country |

KPMPC – Qualifications and Vocational Education and Training Development Centre
Ms Eglė Zybartienė
Homepage | ReferNet website |

INFPC – National Institute for the Development of Continuing Vocational Training
Ms Marion Bire
Homepage | ReferNet website |

Ministry for Education and Employment
Mr Raymond Camilleri
Homepage | ReferNet website |

ECBO - Centre for expertise in VET
Ms Anneke Westerhuis
Homepage | ReferNet website | RSS feed for the country | |

Norwegian Centre for international cooperation in education
Ms Siv Andersen
Homepage | ReferNet website |

Educational Research Institute (IBE)
Ms Agnieszka Chlon-Dominczak
Homepage | ReferNet website |

DGERT- Directorate General for Employment and Industrial Relations
Ms Fernanda Ferreira
Homepage | ReferNet website | RSS feed for the country

CNDIPT - National centre for development of technical and vocational education
Ms Vladut Zoica
Homepage | ReferNet website |

SIOV - State Institute of VET
Mr Juraj Vantuch
Homepage | ReferNet website |

CPI - Centre for Vocational Education and Training
Mr Darko Mali
Homepage | ReferNet website | RSS feed for the country |

State Foundation for Employment and Training
Ms Ines Sancha Gonzalo
Homepage | ReferNet website || | |  | 

SKOLVERKET - Swedish National Agency for Education
Mr Hans Almgren
HomepageReferNet websiteRSS feed for the country 

United Kingdom
Mr Torjus Abusland
Homepage | ReferNet website |

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Cedefop's VET toolkit for tackling early leaving at the International Forum 2019

Cedefop's VET toolkit for tackling early leaving was presented in a dedicated workshop (

An enhanced role for apprenticeship in a changing world of work

The external factors that have an impact on apprenticeship and the relevant design and delivery responses were discussed at a joint Cedefop/OECD symposium, on 7 October in Paris.

Portugal: memorandum of understanding in VET with Germany

The Portuguese education and labour ministries together with the German education ministry signed a