Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training - Refer Net Bulgaria

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Employment Strategy of the Republic of Bulgaria 2021-2030

06 October 2021 15:45

With a Decision of the Council of Ministers from 15.07.2021, an Employment Strategy of the Republic of Bulgaria 2021-2030 was adopted. The document is developed on the basis of the achieved results of the previous Updated Employment Strategy 2013 - 2020 and the gained experience of the country as a full EU member. The economic and social challenges faced in the recent years, as well as the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on society, have been taken into account. The actions in the Strategy are also bound by Bulgaria's commitments in the field of employment, deriving from the need of implementation of the Action Plan of the European Pillar of Social Rights.


Publication on the new opportunities in career guidance

09 August 2021 12:19

A brochure entitled “Investing in Career Guidance” is available in collaboration with the European center for the development of vocational training CEDEFOP, the Organization for economic co-operation and development (OECD), the European Commission, the European training Foundation (ETF), the International labor organization and UNESCO.


Changes in the List of professions for vocational education and training in professional field “Military and defence”

11 February 2021 15:20

In the end of 2020 by Order RD-09-3574 / 21.12.2020 of the Minister of education and science, the LPVET was supplemented and amended as follows:

Аddition of 10 new specialties to profession 863010 Sergeant (Petty officer in the Navy) – commander;
Separation of 7 new specialties to profession 863020 Sergeant (Petty officer in the Navy) – logistics officer;


Publication of CEDEFOP and OECD – The next step for apprenticeship

22 January 2021 12:14

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how important is education and training systems being flexible and adaptable to the changing conditions of today’s world. The serious transformation of the labor market is a fact and requires accelerated adoption of emerging technologies and new forms of work organization. The publication emphasizes the importance of the apprenticeship as a solution to a number of current issues. In countries with a strong tradition of providing internships, it is helping to tackle rising youth unemployment. Another important role is to increase the attractiveness of vocational education and training for potential learners. Innovation and technological progress change the required technical skills and key competencies. The nature of work tasks is changing and the role of practical training in a real workplace will become increasingly important. 


NAVET organizes a specialized webinar for introduction of a mechanism for monitoring the realization of the trained persons

09 December 2020 12:09

On 1st December 2020 a specialized webinar was held on the topic “Implementation of a mechanism for monitoring the implementation of the persons trained in VET”. Representatives from over 60 vocational training centers and information and vocational guidance centers registered to participate in the event. The seminar was organized as a final event of the OnTrack project, funded by the Erasmus + program.


National ReferNet conference

13 November 2020 12:04

On 12.11.2020, during the European vocational skills week, the National conference “European dimensions in vocational education and training” was held with large number of participants.

The conference is organized as a part of the events, organized by European network for exchange of experience in the field of vocational education and training ReferNet, whose representative for Bulgaria is NAVET.


European Vocational Skills Week: jobs for the future through VET, in the midst of a pandemic

11 November 2020 12:55

Vocational education and training (VET) is a form of skills-based learning that plays a crucial role in lifelong learning. It gives young learners the initial skills they need for a fulfilling career and provides adults with the means to upskill and reskill throughout their working life.  And it’s a key part of Europe’s post-pandemic recovery.


Strengthening the correspondence between the skills and the requirements of the labor market in Bulgaria

15 September 2020 12:11

On the beginning of December new report was published on the Cedefop website, dedicated to the prediction of professional skills and the extent to which they meet the requirements of the labor market in Bulgaria. The study is part of Cedefop’s skills program, launched in 2016, to support Member states in strengthening their in-depth skills research policies and systems. Under this program, reviews are conducted to identify country-specific challenges and to provide informed political support to relevant governments, in close line with national policy priorities and in interaction with key national authorities and stakeholders. The reviews use a specially developed methodology and analytical framework to analyze the management of skills anticipation and comparison in the national context and to identify potential opportunities for development in the future.


European Vocational Skills Week 2020

11 September 2020 18:05

NAVET is a Bulgarian contact point  for the European Vocational Skills Week 2020

The Week is an annual event during which local, regional or national organisations showcase the very best of vocational education and training (VET). After five editions, the event has become an exchange platform for VET stakeholders all around Europe and beyond.


VET in Europe

29 July 2020 09:28

This database is the main source of information about vocational education and training (VET) systems in the European Union, Iceland and Norway.

It helps policy makers, social partners, researchers and other stakeholders better understand similarities and differences of national VET systems through easy-to-navigate up-to-date descriptions that are structured by theme. The database also contains detailed information about each VET programme type, including qualification levels, share of work-based learning, providers, target groups, etc.

Cedefop has designed, piloted and populated the database in close cooperation with national partners with the view to provide access to VET system information for all but also to meet specific needs of users. These needs were identified during the pan-European ex-ante evaluation that preceded the development of the database.  

Data collection for this database is being supported by ReferNet – a network of institutions across Europe representing all Member States, plus Iceland and Norway. The network is partly financed by the European Union and provides Cedefop with information and analysis on national vocational education and training.

Cedefop populated the database for the first time in 2019. Updates are foreseen every two years. The database will also contain the historical data.



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