Bruges Communiqué

The Bruges Communiqué on enhanced European Cooperation in Vocational Education and Training for the period 2011-2020 reinforces the main VET development directions established within the Copenhagen Process. The Communiqué was adopted by the European Ministers for Vocational Education and Training, the European Social Partners and the European Commission, at their meeting in Bruges on 7 December 2010 to review the strategic approach and priorities of the Copenhagen process for 2011-2020.

The Bruges Communiqué presents a vision of a modern and attractive vocational training system which ensures:

  • Maximum access to lifelong learning so that people have opportunities to learn at any stage in life and by making routes into education and training more open and flexible
  • More opportunities for experience and training abroad to boost language skills, self-confidence and adaptability
  • Higher quality courses, providing the right skills for specific jobs,
  • More inclusion and access for disadvantaged people,
  • Creative, innovative and entrepreneurial thinking.

The Bruges Communiqué includes a mid-term plan aimed at encouraging concrete measures at national level and support at European level. This calls for countries to::

  • Review the use of incentives, rights and obligations to encourage more people to take up training
  • Implement the 2009 recommendation on quality assurance in vocational training.
  • Encourage the development of vocational schools, with the support of local and regional authorities
  • Introduce internationalisation strategies to boost international mobility
  • Increase cooperation with business to ensure training is relevant, for instance by giving teachers the possibility of practical training in companies.
  • Launch communication strategies to highlight the benefits of vocational training.

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