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VET research institutions in Latvia did not exist before 1990. Research on VET was fragmented and had a low impact on VET policy. 
Regular 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.

The 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.

The 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.

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Source: Cedefop - National Research Report Latvia (details see Bibliography)
Editor: Sabine Manning  © WIFO