Vocational training schemes for professional drivers in Europe

Workpackage description
Deliverables planned

It is the objective of this workpackage to explore public and exemplary private VET opportunities in the countries represented (incl. those related to directive 2003/59/EC), regarding their ability to address the shortage of qualified professional drivers in Europe and to increase road safety through the training they offer.

In order to reach this objective the schemes chosen will be explored regarding their qualitative and their quantitative impact on the occupational qualification of professional drivers.

The qualitative dimension will be analysed in two ways. At a first instance the schemes chosen will be reviewed regarding their application of the EQF approach that will, if applicable, be used as a tool to compare them based on the learning outcomes. Since previous projects already showed that especially the schemes implementing directive 2003/59/EC do not apply the learning outcome approach stakeholder interviews with professionals in the field of training for professional drivers, experts for vocational training, representatives of social partners and with representatives of key employers will be conducted in theses cases in order to allow an exploration of the qualitative dimension of these schemes in that way. The quantitative effects will be explored by collecting information on the number of professional drivers that actually attended the different schemes.

In order to provide a coherent picture of the different VET schemes investigated in, their overall context will in addition be documented by providing a comprehensive summary on curricular aspects, assessment procedures, learning/teaching methods and their embedding into the overall national education systems (e.g. legal base and further education possibilities).

The workpackage is led by VTL, NL.



  • VET schemes for professional drivers in Europe and Canada
    (a report on different VET schemes offered to professional drivers in Europe and their evaluation)
  • Country case studies on directives implementation
    (description of national approaches to implement directive 2003/59/EC)
  • European findings on VET for professional drivers
    (summary and discussion of findings)
  • VET means to address the driver shortage
    (recommendation paper)
  • Training methods and assessment of learning
    (a reflection of different training approaches and assessment procedures applied in professional driver education and training)
  • Shortage of qualified professional drivers in Canada
    (a case study on the situation in Canada and how the Canadians address the driver shortage)