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Successor programme


Programme funding

EUR 43 million

Official Journal Reference

L 346 of 1987-12-10

Legislative Reference

87/569/EEC of 1987-12-01
To help the Member States to ensure that all young people have access to at least one year's vocational training upon completion of their compulsory education and to improve the quality, standards and diversity of such training.


The fundamental objectives of the common vocational training policy set forth in Council Decision 63/266/EEC of 2 April 1963 (Official Journal No 63 of 20.4.1963) refer in particular to the need to guarantee adequate vocational training for all and to avoid any harmful interruption between completion of general education and commencement of vocational training. This third action programme in the field aims to support and supplement measures taken by the Member States within the meaning of that policy. Aimed at all young people who, after completion of full-time compulsory general school, wish to undergo vocational education and training, as well as teachers/instructors, educational administrators, partners from the industrial world and other actors in the training field, the programme covers the whole field of initial youth training, i.e. technical and vocational education based in schools or colleges, apprenticeships and other forms of training courses and vocational preparation. A major emphasis is placed on the development of European cooperation and transnational partnership between vocational education and training establishments of different kinds, including the exchange of young people and staff.


- European Network of Training Partnerships (ENTP):
To develop a European dimension through exchanges of young people and staff and by joint development of courses and certificates;

- Youth Initiative Projects (YIPs):
Small-scale projects where young people play a major part in the planning and management of activities which contribute to their training, particularly by helping them to develop their independence, creativity and entrepreneurial skills;

- Research cooperation:
To foster, through studies and transnational partnerships, cooperation on research on the effectiveness of training policies in the Member States.


The Commission is responsible for the implementation of the programme, assisted by the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP) and advised by a group of National Policy Coordinators nominated by national authorities. Financing of the programme in 1988-1989 was provided by the Commission's funds for vocational training. Since 1990 it has been partly financed by the European Social Fund (ESF). Technical assistance funds are made available to the less-developed regions of the Community to ensure their full participation.

The Commission arranges high-level conferences with the Member States to monitor the implementation of the programme. An interim report was submitted by the Commission in March 1990 to the Committee on Vocational Training and to the Education Committee.
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