About the Project

About the Project

Europe is experiencing a rising wave of unemployment. As a result, a greater emphasis is being placed on the development of VET to meet industry needs, so learners can access and gain qualifications in their chosen vocations that are trusted and recognised both within their own and other EU countries, thereby supporting labour mobility. The European VET system must be capable of providing learners the knowledge and skills needed to become productive and valued members of the European workforce within their chosen sector.

Implicit within this challenge is the need for effective employer involvement in the design and development of VET. This will ensure that VET is “fit for purpose”, future proof and addresses the technical, green and digital skills relevant to employers, as defined by each industry sector through its representatives.

The project “Employer Engagement in Design and Development of VET (ED2-VET)” will therefore investigate the factors that determine the extent and impact of employer involvement in VET design and identify good practices for sharing.

The project will result in tangible outputs that will be disseminated to support relevant organisations and individuals, leading to improvements to employer-led VET development within the EU. These will include:

  • An evaluative report on employer involvement in VET design and development, including the influence of nationality, the nature of each sector and company type and size.

Any issues to be resolved, as well as benefits and successes, will be identified, analysed and presented.

  • An online portfolio of good practices, including approximately 30 company case studies, based on questionnaires and interviews with stakeholders. This portfolio will be designed to present transferable models of good practice and include tips for employer involvement in the design and development of sector-relevant VET programmes.

In order to adequately provide a comprehensive set of results and address the complexity of the VET systems and the issues surrounding the possible contexts for employer involvements in VET development, the project will follow a methodological approach incorporating staged data collection and analysis, developed from both primary and secondary sources, preceded by an initial research phase enabling the opportunity to frame the questions, definitions and other background information necessary for clear and consistent results. 

Interviews with stakeholders, supplemented by short-term joint staff training in each partner country, will ensure the best results are achieved. The will enable the elaboration of in-depth case studies for the online portfolio, highlighting tips for replicating these examples of good practice in other contexts.

Final multiplier events will ensure the project outcomes are shared with relevant bodies, including VET qualification designers, employers, employer associations and sector bodies, and policy-makers. 

Expected impacts, both short- and long-term, include:

  • Improved engagement by employers in the process of designing and developing sector-relevant VET programmes in cooperation with qualification awarding bodies, ministries of education, and other educational sector organisations.
  • Improved understanding by all parties of the challenges to engaging with employers, and the possibilities for fostering improved cooperation and engagement
  • Improved policy and regulation with regard to employer involvement in the qualification and programme development process
  • The development of new VET programmes which have been developed with employer and industry support and involvement

Ultimately, these improvements may lead to a reduction in skills mismatches, greater satisfaction among employers regarding the skills which VET learners have upon programme completion, and greater mobility for VET learners in Europe