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Key data on vocational training in the European Union

The third edition of "Key data on vocational training in the European Union" has recently been published by DG XXII of the European Commission. The report, prepared for the Commission by the European Unit of EURYDICE, in close collaboration with EUROSTAT, provides a lively and...
The third edition of "Key data on vocational training in the European Union" has recently been published by DG XXII of the European Commission. The report, prepared for the Commission by the European Unit of EURYDICE, in close collaboration with EUROSTAT, provides a lively and clear presentation of the latest data with regard to vocational training in Europe.

The publication features a country-by-country statistical snapshot of the various vocational education and training programmes being implemented, including: the number of participants, starting and finishing ages and the proportion of time spent at the workplace. In addition to updating most of the indicators included in previous editions, this third edition includes the following new features:

- Inclusion not only of the three EFTA/EEA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), but also of the six countries of Central and Eastern Europe which have been participating in the activities of the EURYDICE network since 1996 (Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia);

- Inclusion of a chapter on the education of children with special needs;

- Expansion of the chapter on higher education, with the addition of a harmonized presentation of the structures and qualifications at this level of education.

With such a wealth of comparable data on European education systems, the Commission hopes to make an active contribution to the promotion of increased knowledge of the various education systems and mutual understanding between countries and all those active in this field.
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