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CEDEFOP (the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training) is a European agency that serves as an objective reference centre for vocational education and training in the European Union.

The main tasks of CEDEFOP involve research, compiling and dissemination of information on vocational education, as well as encouraging joint approaches to vocational education challenges.


ReferNet is a reference and experience exchange network for vocational education, which was established by CEDEFOP in 2002 and in which European countries cooperate. Its aim is to meet the growing demand for comparable information across Europe in vocational education.

ReferNet Latvia coordinator is Ministry of Education and Science. To support the activities of Cedefop, ReferNet Latvia collects and gathers information about vocational education in Latvia, conducts analysis of vocational education field providing the results of analysis in reports, as well as disseminates and provides information about national and international developments in vocational education research and policy.