UK ReferNet is part of the ReferNet network, which offers comparable information
on VET across Europe. The network was established by the European Centre for the
Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) and provides a decentralised information
exchange, based on national consortia in participating countries, made up of VET
Network activities are focused on documentation and information exchange on developments
in VET policy and research across the European Union.
We act as a VET portal between the UK and other countries, and answer requests for
ECCTIS Ltd is the coordinator of UK ReferNet from January 2012. This UK network
is jointly funded by Cedefop and the UK Department for Business, Innovation and
ECCTIS Ltd is a private limited company owned by shareholders with ECCTIS managing
a number of national agencies on behalf of the Government. These include:
ECCTIS Ltd leads on the production and editing of research and reports. The ReferNet steering group provides guidance and help with this process. This group comprises key vocational education and training (VET) stakeholders in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It meets once or twice a year to exchange information on policy developments and trends within VET, and to steer the activity of the network.
Stakeholders represented on the steering group include: