Network Objectives

The objectives of the VETNET network in promoting a common European research culture are,  

  • to promote the discussion and dissemination through mutual learning of research and the use of research results;
  • to explore the relationship between research, policy and practice;
  • to foster a high quality of research in the field of Vocational Education and Training; and
  • to encourage cooperation among VET researchers in the European educational research area and beyond.

The Vocational Education and Training Network (VETNET) covers a broad range of research areas in vocational education and training (VET), such as:

  • Comparison of VET cultures and Governance of VET systems
  • Qualification frameworks, competence assessment
  • Teachers’& Trainers’ professional development
  • Careers, transitions and guidance & counselling
  • Work-based learning, partnership of learning venues
  • Social issues in VET and social impact of VET provisions
  • Pedagogic support by digital media (e.g. web2.0)


  • VET-related policies;
  • Comparisons of VET systems and cultures;
  • Practice based learning in VET;
  • learning designs in VET;
  • New learning designs and new media in VET;
  • Curricular innovations in VET

Interview with Convenor ECER 2011