Scientific advisers

Cedefop and ETF provide technical and scientific support to the EQAVET Network. They are co-opted to the EQAVET Network in an advisory capacity. As such, they support EQAVET and the European Commission in their work to the generation of an added value knowledge on issues concerning VET, contributing in the formulation of relevant, up-to-date and informed policy initiatives.


The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, established in 1975, is a European agency that helps promote and develop vocational education and training in the European Union. It is the EU's reference centre for vocational education and training.Cedefop was one of the first specialised and decentralised agencies set up to provide scientific and technical know-how in specific fields and promote exchanges of ideas between different European partners.

Originally based in Berlin, in 1995 Cedefop's head office was transferred to Thessaloniki. Cedefop has a liaison office in Brussels.

Contact person:

Tina Bertzeletou

Tina Bertzeletou

Project Manager

Tina Bertzeletou is CEDEFOP’s expert in charge of Quality in VET since 2000. Of sociology and sciences of education background, she joined Cedefop in 1984.Over the recent years she has worked on the training needs of SMEs and micro-firms and on quality in VET. She has provided technical and scientific assistance to the European Commission FORCE programme and the programme on Quality in VET under the Copenhagen process. More recently Tina Bertzeletou participated as scientific advisor, on behalf of Cedefop, in the ENQA-VET, the European Network on Quality in VET.


The European Training Foundation is an agency of the European Union (EU) based in Turin, Italy. The ETF was established in 1990 to contribute to the development of the education and training systems of the EU’s external partner countries. It became operational in 1994. Its mission is to help transition and developing countries to harness the potential of their human capital through the reform of education, training and labour market systems, in the context of the EU's external relations policy. The ETF bases its work on the conviction that human capital development in a lifelong learning perspective can make a fundamental contribution to increasing prosperity, creating sustainable growth and encouraging social inclusion in transition and developing countries.

The ETF recruits and deploys experts from multiple disciplines to handle complex and multidimensional topics in a team environment, in order to create new knowledge, insight and solutions.

Contact person:

Elizabeth Watters

Elizabeth Watters

Senior Specialist in VET Policies and Systems Operations Department

Elizabeth Watters has a background in educational research and twenty-five years’ experience in the field of EU education, training and youth policy. Elizabeth has been working as a Senior Specialist in VET policy at the European Training Foundation (ETF) in Turin since 2012. In the ETF, Elizabeth is responsible for quality assurance modernisation in education and training policies and systems. Elizabeth has developed the ETF approach to promoting VET quality assurance reform that is responsive to the needs of the ETF’s 28 partner countries in South Eastern and East Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. She researches and reports on reforms, and designs and implements capacity building activities.

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