Background and objectives:
New approaches to adult learning, both for enterprises and for learners, and closer cooperation between higher education institutions and enterprises are necessary to stimulate learning and to foster excellence in and through continuing vocational training (CVET). Cooperation between higher education and enterprises in CVET offers many benefits for all parties, but studies show that the extent to which it is used varies between countries. While cooperation in the form of special learning alliances and tailored programmes in CVET seems comparatively widely practiced in some countries, it remains still exceptions in others. There is increasing demand as well as need for further development. In 2016 Cedefop will initiate a new research strand on cooperation between enterprises and higher education institutions to foster excellence in and through CVET. The workshop will provide a platform for key experts to share experience as well as results of previous and on-going research and activities, and to network. It aims at contributing to shape design and approach of future activities. Active participation of all participants is expected.