This study shows how vocational education and training (VET) provision in Europe can continue to be enhanced in order to boost the opportunities of young people in Europe as they enter the labour market. The approaches taken in response to the challenges presented by youth unemployment and the need to equip the younger generation with skills and qualifications currently differ strongly from country to country.

The study proceeds from seven qualitatively and quantitatively substantiated country-specific analyses for Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom and goes on to identify the potential of vocational education in Europe and critical success factors necessary for its unfolding. Insights into vocational education and training derived from the country-based analyses can strengthen transnational mutual learning throughout Europe.