Directors General for Vocational Training and European Social Partners
convened in Copenhagen on 23. - 24. April 2012
Promoting VET-business cooperation and partnerships in
vocational education and training
Adopted at the DGVT-meeting on 24. April 2012
Promoting VET-business cooperation and partnerships
in vocational education and training
The goal of smarter, more sustainable and inclusive growth, as set out in the EU 2020 strategy, can
only be achieved by a better qualified and adaptable workforce. Education and training must play a
key role responding to current and future skills needs and help to secure high employability, com-
petiveness and social inclusion.
Comprehensive and effective policies and measures in vocational education and training promoting
skills development, innovation and new jobs in businesses are strongly needed to get our econo-
mies on track to recover from the current crisis. Vocational education and training must provide
more young learners and adults in the labour market with broad and excellent skills and compe-
tences within a lifelong learning perspective.
In many countries a far too high unemployment rate, especially affecting young people and low
skilled workers, calls for actions to create new jobs. The need to improve the capacity, the quality
and the attractiveness of VET in Europe has never been more urgent.
Through the adoption of the Bruges Communiqué in 2010, the strategic framework on common
objectives for 2020 and short-term deliverables by 2014 for VET has been put in place. It calls for
enhanced cooperation and partnerships including all relevant stakeholders in VET. This will facili-
tate the development of responsive, attractive, flexible, and inclusive VET systems in all countries
taking part in the Copenhagen process.
We, the Directors for Vocational Education and Training and the European social partners con-
vened in Copenhagen on 23. - 24. April 2012, commit ourselves to promoting the development and
implementation of strategies and measures supporting VET-business cooperation and partnerships
including all relevant stakeholders and actors at national, regional or local level.
We envisage to promote in our countries:
National strategies and arrangements for systematic dialogue between governments and social
partners addressing the development of skills policies, capacity building, resources and the pro-
vision of high quality initial and continuing vocational education and training.
National, regional or sector skills strategies addressing future demand for skills and key compe-
tences within and across existing and emerging occupational sectors on the labour market.
Action plans and measures supporting cooperation and partnerships between VET providers
and businesses including SMEs addressing the promotion of education and training for young
people and continuing training and skills development of workers.
Flexible vocational training systems within national qualifications frameworks including the
validation of non-formal and informal learning.
Initiatives supporting interaction between education and training, labour market and innovation
systems such as centres of vocational excellence and networks including businesses.
The role of business and labour organisations facilitating all forms of work-based learning such
as apprenticeships and other forms of alternate learning in IVET and promotion of partner-
ships between large and small companies in organising apprenticeships.
Cooperation between teachers in VET schools and trainers in companies and in training cen-
tres improving the quality of learning.
Partnership between VET providers and businesses in securing state of the art equipment in
Partnerships between VET institutions and business promoting the new skills needed for excel-
lence, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Sharing best practice and lessons learned from promoting cooperation and partnerships between
governments, social partners, VET providers and businesses are even more needed for the future in
vocational education and training and must be supported within the Copenhagen process.
Copenhagen 24. April 2012