ReferNet (European Network of Reference and Expertise) is a network for gathering and disseminating information on vocational education and training targeting researchers, policy-makers and practicians who are related to vocational education and training through their everyday activities.
ReferNet was founded by the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop). The members of the network are 27 EU Member States, Norway and Iceland. The main objective of the network is to provide comparable information on Member States' developments and policies in VET and to compile the knowledge of key organisations. In order to reach this objective, ReferNet provides an opportunity for reciprocal exchange of information and promotes cooperation with international organisations in Europe and in the whole world. For more information about each country, look at ReferNet national websites.
The task of the network on the national level is to prepare annual overviews and analyses on the status of vocational education and training, the latest developments and studies in various fields; it also maintains an electronic database of information on the materials related to VET related (printed matters, websites, etc.). Comparative information on VET developments in different European countries is available on the Cedefop webpage.
The representative body of ReferNet in every member country is a National Consortium. A unit of Foundation Innove - ReferNet Estonia - leads and coordinates the consortium in Estonia.