Founded in 1992 followed by a completely renewation in 2010, the European Association of Institutes for Vocational Training (EVBB) is an umbrella association gathering a heterogenous range of educational providers in the common interest of enhancing, upgrading, and harmonising Vocational Education and Training (VET) at European level. In accordance with its Statutes, the duty of the European Association of Institutes for Vocational Training promotes youths and adults alike in the following areas:
- providing a liberal education in terms of social, economic, and sociopolitical issues taking particular consideration of European policies and policies towards the developing world based on a socially binding, liberal economic and social order,
- promoting technical, vocational, or industrial qualification, continuing education, and advanced training in addition to retraining,
- providing scientific education,
- providing education with regard to personal or family issues,
- promoting qualification, continuing education and advanced training in the fields of geriatric care, work with the disabled and nursing services,
- developing media and its use,
- promoting environmental qualification.
EVBB’s mission lies in breaking down traditional hierarchies between VET and higher education and promoting the qualitative improvement of vocational schools and training and in promoting VET as a first choice. EVBB has more than 60 members from all over the world coming from both the private and the public sector and covering all fields related to initial, advanced, and further education and training.
Neither politically nor denominationally affiliated, EVBB strives for a borderless, pluralistic, and fulfilling education as an essential means to shape our democracy and society. Its activities are not focused on business operations or making a profit. It serves solely and exclusively non-profit purposes within the meaning of the General Fiscal Law as it is valid in the Federal Republic of Germany.
EVBB’s permanent staff is based in the EU headquarters so to keep on a close ongoing dialogue with EU institutions.