Education and training are encouraging the creativity and innovation that can transform economies and societies. At the same time, innovation in new forms of cooperation and changes in curricula, teaching and technology are bringing greater flexibility and modernising vocational education and training (VET).

VET supporting economic and social innovation

Many recognise higher education’s role in stimulating innovation, but VET’s contribution is understated. VET at all levels, as well as academic higher education, can stimulate innovation. Although most innovation indices do not take account of VET, the Innovation Union Scoreboard shows that the impact of upper secondary education on innovation in the EU is increasing. This matters because, according to Eurostat, in 2013, around 49% of the 22 million learners at upper secondary level in the European Union (EU) were in VET. Developing their ability to innovate can bring considerable economic and social benefits. Learning at the workplace also has a positive impact on innovation performance.

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