Vocational education and training (VET) learners must develop relevant transferable skills required for the workplace. To ensure these skills are transferred, VET teachers need stronger links with employers so their learners can interact meaningfully with them. This problem (or opportunity) is clearly recognised in business.

The 1st European Business Forum on Vocational Training (2012) stated that promoting collaboration between business and VET is pivotal to ensure proper alignment between what businesses need and what institutions teach their future employees. Cooperation around work-based learning of VET students is beneficial to all three actors: the learner, the company and the VET organisation (the learning triangle).

Most companies regard technical skills as the basics –the must haves – but having staff with suitable technical skills alone does not make a company stand out. What makes the difference is the level of transversal skills. Employers stress that these transversal skills enable skilled employees to fully utilise their technical expertise, and thus contribute to company growth, learning and innovation.

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