VET 4 Change

VET 4 Change is a program for the exchange of practices in Europe which aims to strengthen the capacity for dialogue of rural territories, taking into account vocational training and the participation of young people

Areas of development in the form of challenges

  • Innovate – How to transform the social and economic crisis in Europe into opportunities to open up new fields of action and reflection by innovating in approaches to sharing and learning?
  • Promote – How to accelerate the mobilization (initiate dialogue with) more actors (stakeholders) in our territories to let us know their way of promoting VET?
  • Listen – Be able and have the methods to listen to students, territories and all the organizations involved (companies, sectors) taking into account the needs of people/territories
  • Adapt – beyond the pandemic consequences in our societies

The context

It is now necessary to plan the time to meet the Key Actors, who could be:

  • Young people and “adults in the making” – Young people are increasingly better educated, have easier access to social, health and education services. We can address the next generation with innovative ideas as well as people who are just discovering the benefits of lifelong learning.
  • Workplaces and enterprises – Among the actors, there could be more entrepreneurs involved in training young people in rural areas in terms of
  • Climate change, digitalization and innovative methods to increase the economic activities of young people
  • Authorities and institutions – Better connection between stakeholders and local authorities


  • Networking – We have relationships with different organisations: VET providers, social economy organizations (companies or federations…), NGOs or institutions
  • Discuss – Seek opportunities to discuss shared interests and possibilities
  • Training – We can organize information sessions and listen to people's needs
  • Develop – Find or create channels for contact, discussion and ongoing collaboration within the framework of our activities


  • Cooperation – The tendency/tradition of working in our own corners without looking beyond
  • Interest – Low level of communication and low interest in VET in general
  • Time – The possible unavailability of the actors/shareholders and the lack of time or interest in cooperation, to meet, explain themselves and build common responses according to their circumstantial interest
  • Territories – The current low level of cooperation between VET institutions and regional development agencies, resulting in unawareness of opportunities for some countries

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