The use of training leave to promote VET in Europe
The general purpose of this study was to gain a clear understanding of the role of training leave instruments in financing and promoting vocational education and training in Europe. The study explained the operation of these instruments, assessed their implementation and provided recommendations for policy and practice. The review of the 27 EU Member States plus EFTA/EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and candidate countries (Croatia, FYROM, Turkey) participating in the Copenhagen process was performed to determine whether they use training leave. The use of training leave was examined in-depth in eight selected countries where a comprehensive overview of how training leave operated and how it related to other cost-sharing and regulatory instruments for VET financing was provided. The research was based on desk reasearch of literature and interviews. A comparative analysis of the training leave instruments enabled to identify what was common among the successul instruments.