Useful Resources

Other vocational education and training resources.

Toolkit for tackling early leaving

The Europe-wide VET toolkit for tackling early leaving was developed by Cedefop to offer support for policy-makers and VET providers.


Cedefop is the European Union's reference centre for vocational education and training (VET). It is a decentralised agency that supports development of European VET policies and contributes to their implementation. Cedefop provides information on and analysis of VET systems, policies, research and practice. Cedefop was established in 1975 by Council Regulation (EEC) No 337/75.

IVET mobility scoreboard

The Mobility Scoreboard for IVET is a tool for assisting policy-making in the broad area of international learning mobility in IVET as well as providing information for learners’ organisations and mobility organisers (VET institutions, mobility agencies, companies involved in mobility, guidance institutions and staff involved in organising mobility activities) and experts, researchers, and the wider public.

UK VET Policy Reviews and Strategies

Education is the responsibility of the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This link contains an overview of the main recent policy reviews related to vocational education and skills in the UK.

UK VET Stakeholders and Resources

The UK vocational education and training landscape comprises a large number of stakeholders operating across the UK and specifically within England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This list presents an introduction and links to some of them.

VET-Bib Bibliographic Database

The VET-Bib Bibliographic Database is the largest collection of vocational education and training (VET) literature in Europe.

It is a multilingual bibliographical database containing more than 70,000 references on the topics related to Cedefop's priorities, including:

  • VET policy
  • training systems
  • qualifications and competences
  • lifelong guidance
  • skill needs
  • lifelong learning
  • informal and non-formal learning
  • training research
  • VET teachers and trainers
  • learning outcomes
  • EQF
  • adult learning.

VET-Bib is also the catalogue of the Cedefop library collection.

ReferNet UK contributes documents, reports, websites and other resources to this database each month.

Go to the VET-Bib Bibliographic Database.


Eurydice at NFER is the unit for England, Wales and Northern Ireland in the European Commission information network on education - Eurydice. The network provides reliable, comparative information on education systems and policies in Europe.

During the period 1996 to 2013, the NFER managed and updated content for the International Review of Curriculum and Assessment Frameworks Internet Archive, known as INCA, which provided descriptions of government policy on education in 21 countries worldwide.


Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union situated in Luxembourg. Its task is to provide the European Union with statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions.

For more information visit the Eurostat website.

OECD - Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. It works with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. It also measures productivity and global flows of trade and investment, and analyses and compares data to predict future trends. The OCED sets international standards on all sorts of things, from the safety of chemicals and nuclear power plants to the quality of cucumbers.

For more information go to the OECD website.