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Our vision

We inspire partner countries in their efforts to make their VET systems deliver relevant vocational education and training for all and in so doing contribute to employability for all.

Our mission

We want to add value to processes of preparation, implementation or monitoring of reforms or changes to VET systems to make them more responsive to labour market needs and inclusive for all. We do this by providing technical assistance and funding for innovative projects and by developing and sharing knowledge. We aim to strengthen key organisations that want to apply evidence–based programming, operationalise private sector involvement and enhance the inclusion of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups in VET and formal and informal labour market activities.

Our services

We offer technical assistance through interventions that build VET system capacities.  We fund initiatives through a call for proposals to promote inclusion of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups in VET.  We share best practices, methods and tools on a web-based platform and regional seminars to stimulate learning and encourage networking, dialogue and the exchange of experiences.

Our principles

In technical assistance

We offer technical assistance through interventions that build VET system capacities.

Ownership

Interventions are driven by the needs of partner organisations expressed by them in a request to the VET Toolbox. Our technical assistance services respond to the demand of the partner.

Adding-value

Interventions are aligned to and/or complement existing cooperation programmes financed by the EU, bilateral agencies or other relevant international partners. Donor coordination in countries and EU delegations are consulted to avoid overlap or duplication and to prevent interventions from implementing activities already planned by other programmes.

Efficiency

Service requests are handled according to a simple and straightforward process that guarantees a consistent and tailor-made response to the needs of the partner organisation.

Quality

For our service delivery we are able to engage high-level technical expertise from four respected European development agencies. We choose carefully the expertise to be deployed. We take into account the needs of the partner organisations as well as the specific expertise of each member of the VET Toolbox partnership. Where necessary we engage expertise from different members (joint implementation).

 

In funding

We fund innovative initiatives to promote inclusion of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups in VET.

Fair selection

Funding will be granted through a call for proposals. For the submission, selection and implementation of the actions financed under this call, EU regulations are respected to guarantee transparency and equal treatment.

Innovative

Initiatives need to develop and test an approach, method, measure or strategy that has not been implemented yet for the specific beneficiaries of the proposal.

Sustainable

We seek proposals that match skills development to real labour market needs and job opportunities in the labour market. Proposals should contribute to reform and change (to shift away from business as usual) and have the potential to be scaled up.

 

In knowledge sharing

We share best practices, methods and tools through a web-based platform and regional seminars to stimulate learning and encourage networking, dialogue and the exchange of experiences.

Connecting

We connect people to information and knowledge to improve access for national stakeholders, VET practitioners and experts to data to inform policy and practice. We share best practices, methods and tools through a web-based platform and regional seminars.

Efficiency

We believe in the benefits of knowledge development and sharing. Not only do we save time, money and effort by learning from others’ experiences but we are able to develop an understanding of the challenges to delivering effective and inclusive VET - and the potential solutions.

Adding value

We develop new tools that add to the existing knowledge base and support process-driven problem solving. Our tools provide ways/of solving problems faced in applying evidence–based VET and labour market programming, operationalising private sector involvement in VET and labour market activities, and enhancing the inclusion of vulnerable groups in VET and formal and informal labour market activities.