ReferNet is a network of institutions created by Cedefop in 2002 to provide information on national vocational education and training

(VET) systems and policies in the EU Member States, Iceland and Norway.

Each national partner is a key organisation involved in VET in the country it represents. Therefore, all partners are particularly well- placed to offer first-hand information on VET’s role, purpose, governance and structure, insights into developments and trends in VET policies, and in-depth analysis of how each country is progressing in its implementation of common European policy objectives.

Estonia is one of the 30 partners in the Refernet Network.
ReferNet Estonia coordinator is Ministry of Education and Research (HTM - Haridus ja Teadusministeerium).



Cedefop (the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training) was established in 1975 and was one of the first specialised and decentralised agencies set up to provide scientific and comparable information in specific fields and strengthen informative network of the European partners.

Cedefop supports development of European vocational education and training (VET) policies and contributes to their implementation. The agency is helping the European Commission, EU Member States and the social partners to develop the right European VET policies.

Cedefop works to strengthen European cooperation and provide the evidence on which to base European VET policy. Cedefop’s added value is the high quality of its comparative analyses and expertise gathered through research and networking, which are used to:

  • Provide technical advice and propose ideas for VET policies;
  • Fill knowledge gaps and generating new insights that identify trends in and challenges for VET;
  • Increase awareness of VET’s image and importance;
  • Bring together policy-makers, social partners, researchers and practitioners to share ideas and debate the best ways to improve VET policies;
  • Support and encourage joint European approaches, principles and tools to improve VET.

Cedefop works closely with the European Commission, Member States’ governments, representatives of employers and trade unions, VET researchers and practitioners. It provides them with up-to-date information on developments in VET as well as opportunities for policy debate.

Cedefop disseminates its information through its website, publications, social media, networks (Refernet, Skillsnet), conferences and seminars.

Last updated: 12 May 2017