research institutions in Latvia did not exist before 1990. Research on
VET was fragmented and had a low impact on VET policy.
research on VET/HRD in Latvia started in 1996 and was initiated by the
ETF. The main research activities concentrated on issues that are relevant
to priorities set by VET development programmes and EU strategic documents.
Since 2003 the number of VET/HRD research activities have decreased due
to limited funding, because till 2003 the VET research activities were
significantly supported by the ETF.
development of the VET system in Latvia is stated in the Concept on Education
Development 2002-2005 and the Vocational education development programme
2003-2005. In 2004 VET research was oriented to VET teachers quality development
and progress in VET development in line with economic changes in the country.
In 2004 Latvia received ESF funding for labour market research, the implementation
of the projects started in 2005.
main funding for VET related research in the next years will come from
the ESF. The ESF project activities are based on priorities stated in the
Single Programming Document. The Single Programming Document stated that,
considering the current situation in the labour market, in the period of
2004-2006 one of the priorities should be given to research and analysis
of the labour market situation, including obstacles for entering the labour
market. Since 2005 the labour market research has started and some research
is already finalised.