Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is a key element of lifelong learning, equipping young people with competences and relevant experiences required for particular occupations.

Initial VET (I-VET) usually takes place during upper secondary education, before students begin their working life. It takes place in school and in work-based settings, such as training centres and companies. This varies from country to country, depending on national systems and economic structures.

Continuing VET (C-VET) takes place after initial education and training, or after beginning working life. The majority of learning happens in a workplace.

On average, 50% of young Europeans aged 15-19 participate in I-VET at upper secondary level. However, the participation ranges from 15% to more than 70% in different regions.

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