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ProducerEuropean Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Greece)
LanguagesEnglish, French, German, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, Greek, Icelandic, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish
DisciplinesVocational education, vocational training, skills
Record depthIndex, abstract
Format coverageEU legislation, research reports, policy documents, statistics, best practices, case studies, conference proceedings, journal articles, glossaries and comparative studies at EU, international and national levels, dissertations, websites etc.
Temporal coverage1975-present
Geospatial coverageWorldwide, with emphasis on European Union and its member states
No. of records> 80.000
Update frequencyContinuously

VET-Bib is a bibliographic database covering European vocational education and training (VET) literature maintained by the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop).

The Cedefop library exists since 1975.[1] One of its main tasks is to provide reference services on VET.[2]

Database content[edit]

VET-Bib contains over 80.000 references on the topics related to Cedefop's priorities:

Approximately two thirds of the complete VET-Bib collection is available in full text. VET-Bib is multilingual and all European Union languages are represented in the database.

Database development[edit]

The development of VET-Bib is shared between the following institutions:

  • Cedefop's library and documentation service: responsible for European and international references, also provides guidelines for collection development, and the indexing tool European Training Thesaurus
  • [1], Cedefop's decentralised network consisting of 27 partners in all EU member states plus Norway and Iceland: each national ReferNet partner provides national references to VET-Bib

Sub products[edit]

  • VET-Alert: a monthly review on what has just been published on vocational education and training
  • VET bibliographies: These are thematic pre-defined bibliographies on key topics of vocational education and training: skill needs, E-learning, Validation of non-formal and informal learning, green skills, lifelong guidance, lifelong learning, etc.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ European Commission (1975). Regulation (EEC) No 337/75 of the Council of 10 February 1975 establishing a European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training. Publications Office.
  2. ^ Article 2.2 of Regulation (EEC) No 337/75 : The main tasks of the centre [Cedefop] shall be: to compile selected documentation relating in particular to the present situation, the latest developments and research in the relevant fields, and to matters of vocational training structure

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