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​ReferNet is a Europe-wide network of organisations with an involvement in vocational education and training (VET). Established by the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop), each national unit or consortium of ReferNet comprises organisations under a lead partner. In Ireland the lead partner is SOLAS - Ireland's Further Education and Training Authority. Ireland is represented on the Governing Board of Cedefop by Mr. John McGrath, SOLAS, Mr. Tony Donohoe of employers’ organisation IBEC and union representative Mr. Frank Vaughan of ICTU.

Network activities are focused on documentation and information collection and exchange on developments in VET policy and research. The Network also provides members of the consortium with an opportunity to broaden their contacts with other European organisations.

For more information about Cedefop, check out the Cedefop website or see the following publications:


Building European VET - Time to move on (31/07/2014)

Cedefop and DG EAC take stock of policy developments (03/07/2014)

Skills Panorama - Trends in Skills for Occupations 2016

Pathways to Work 2016 - 2020

Action Plan for Jobs 2016