Toolkits on VET

Here you can find toolkits that provide documents and material on VET.

The Apprenticeship toolbox

The apprenticeship toolbox informs on the dual VET systems in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Luxemburg and Switzerland. The toolbox provides an overview of key features of the apprenticeship systems and how they are implemented in the five countries.

The toolbox offers different approaches to its content. A thematic approach enables the comparison of the different systems. A collection of material contains important material on apprenticeships, e.g. on quality assurance. The country approach provides information on the apprenticeships in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Luxemburg and Switzerland. Moreover, there are detailed country reports available for download. The toolbox is intended for authorities in EU member states who wish to reform their VET system and who want to implement dual elements.

The apprenticeship toolbox was created by the national VET authorities from Austria, Denmark, Germany, Luxemburg and Switzerland. They have formed a partnership, in order to support the European alliance of Apprenticeship. The aim of the European alliance of Apprenticeship is to enhance VET in Europe.

Link to the apprenticeship toolbox

VET Toolbox (EN, FR)

Employment is key to development and inclusive growth. It generally leads to improved living conditions and reduces poverty. A main driver of employment is education, and particularly vocational education and training (VET). It equips people with skills that are in demand in the labour market. However, many of the VET systems in the developing world are not fit for purpose. People trained through these existing VET systems do not acquire the right skills and competences due to several limiting factors, particularly the lack of private sector involvement in the training and missing linkages to formal and informal businesses. Furthermore, the VET systems are often inaccessible to disadvantaged and vulnerable groups. Addressing these challenges requires clear priorities and particularly resources, which many countries do not have or are not capable of mobilising.

As a response, the European Union launched the VET Toolbox in English and French. This new international facility provides partner countries with additional and punctual support to enhance or monitor planned or existent VET reform programmes. It wants to help these countries to realize their ambitions around the use of labour market intelligence, stimulating private sector engagement, and ensuring inclusiveness of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups.

Link to the VET Toolbox

GIZ toolkit "Learning and working in the informal economy"

For many people living in developing countries, the informal economy is the only prospect they have of access to productive employment and an income. Through skill development and advice, vocational education and training can help people to become more employable, easing their gradual transition to productive and dignified work and supporting them in moving out of poverty into an independent life.
The ‘Learning and working in the formal economy’ toolkit offers a structured overview of the latest research and current development policy practice in the area of vocational education and training in and for the informal economy.

Link to the GIZ toolkit "Learning and working in the informal economy"

Work-based learning toolkit

The work-based learning toolkit covers several education sectors in which work-based learning plays an important role. Vocational Education and Training (VET) is one of them. The introductory section informs on the goals and principles of work-based learning. More detailed information on work-based learning is provided in the section “Themes”.

The toolbox contains several search options. The user can filter the products and Tools, in order to find the one which best suits his development or delivery needs.

Moreover, the toolkit contains case examples, a list of projects and a glossary.
The toolkit addresses to stakeholders in education sectors that are interested in work-based learning: e.g. trainers, teachers, social partners, employment agencies or education providers.

The toolkit was created by NetWBL. NetWBL is a network of 29 national funding agencies, which is coordinated by the German National Agency at BIBB.

Link to the work-based learning toolkit