The ministers for VET of the European Union , the European Social Partners and the European Commission met in Bordeaux, France under the French Presidency of the EU in 2008 to review priorities and strategies in European cooperation in VET. The outcome of their discussions is known as the Bordeaux Communique.
The Communique outlines the process of cooperation since 2002, describes the key EU instruments created and their impact on national policies. It sets out a new strategic vision for 2008-2010, especially the challenges of globalisation. The Communique proposes four priority areas for future action:
- national implementation of cooperation instruments and agreements
- improving the quality and attractiveness of VET
- improving links between VET and the labour market
- strengthening European cooperation arrangements.
The Communique makes very explicit the centrality of the provision of career guidance to VET and CVET policies for young people and adults.
It calls for:
- facilitating access to information and lifelong guidance and counselling services through the successful implementation of the 2008 Council Resolution on Lifelong Guidance (which may be found elsewhere on this web site)
- action to be taken to promote guidance systems which help young people and adults to cope better with transitions within education and training and all along their career paths
- improve guidance and counselling services to ease transition from training to employment.