International cooperation


Digital Individual Learning Accounts (DILA) in the Visegrad countries

Active project

The project is aimed at supporting Member States in developing an enabling frameworkfor Individual Learning Accounts and, in effect, contributes to increasing the number of adult learners. The main objective of the project is to model and test a data model that would allow using AI technologies for personalised training recommendations and efficient spending through a delivery mode such as Individual Learning Accounts (ILAs).

The project is financed by the European Union. 


Active project

The ReferNet network was set up by the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training – Cedefop.

Its objective is to support the development of VET and evidence based policy making. It provides advice, research, analysis, information, and stimulates European cooperation and common learning. Its networks including ReferNet allow the centre to keep abreast of recent developments and to cooperate and share information.

Opening Doors: Networked PhD Education

Completed project

OPENING DOORS is an EU (Horizon 2020 programme) funded project that addresses a gap that often exists in PhD education globally – the opportunity to work collaboratively with other early career researchers from different disciplines and countries on “real-world”, applied problems. Through extensive stakeholder engagement with PhD employers and graduates working in open science and open innovation networks across Europe, and PhD educators and employers based in academia, the Opening Doors team have come to an understanding of the kinds of competencies and personal attributes that are valued in these settings. Based on this understanding, we have iteratively co-designed an open, online educational course in Open Science and Open Innovation with our network of stakeholders, entitled: “Opening Your Research To Collaborative Futures”.


Completed project

Strengthening Key Competencies of Low-Skilled People in VET to Cover Future Replacement Positions (REPLAY-VET)

REPLAY-VET is an ERASMUS+ strategic partnership which aims to provide the disadvantaged and low- skilled people with targeted opportunities to acquire the VET skills to cover the job vacancies in Europe resulting from replacement demand. 

Project “Professional voluntary work with children and families at risk in the Czech Republic”

Completed project
In 2014 civic association HoSt Home-Start Czech Republic (further mentioned as „HoSt“) in the
partnership with the Centre for the Quality and Standards in Social Services, one section of the
National Training Fund has got project focused on professionalization of voluntary work with
endangered children and families. The project succeeded among huge competition and is fully
financed by THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS from Denmark. 
More information here.

The project ”Street Work for Children and Youth”

Completed project
Support of Social Work with At-Risk Children and Youth at the Area of Prevention of Pathological Phenomena Focussed on Clients' Work-Skills Training (Social Entrepreneurship) and Mobile Social Work in Excluded and Remote Areas.
At the turn of the years 2012 and 2013 the Centre for the Quality and Standards in Social Services, one section of the National Training Fund in the partnership with the Czech Streetwork Association has got a large project focused on children and youth at-risk. The project was awarded and is generously financed by THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS from Denmark. We are very happy to say that our organizations have succeeded among more than 200 projects.
More information here.

SIMOVET - Smart information models to adequately adapt vocational training to the labour market needs

Completed project
The aim of the project is to collect quantitative and qualitative information on the skills needs of selected sectors, process them into a suitable form and use them properly in the educational system and in the counselling.

VET-EDS: Effective Forecasting as a mechanism for aligning VET and Economic Development Strategies

Completed project
The project focuses on mapping examples of good practice in order to make adapt educational system to the labour market needs in selected countries (Czech Republic, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Scotland, Sweden, Spain, and UK). The project also includes the development and use of information about the future development of skill needs.


Completed project

Real time LMI is project organized by Cedefop in cooperation with Interuniversity Research Centre on Public Services (CRISP), University Milano Bicocca. National Training Fund (NTF) is in this project as a member of the Consortium.

Malopolska Observatory

Completed project
Project duration: May 1, 2014 – March 31, 2015
Under this system project a transnational partnership with Regional Labour Office in Krakow is created. Project is based on partnership in two key activities when NVF transfers its knowledge and expertise to the Polish partner. 


Completed project
Project duration: 2014

This project was aim to create an independent framework for innovative research in the V4 countries and also served as a critical analysis of their innovation policies. The research was based on an interdisciplinary approach in order to get perspective on measurement of innovations and on instruments of public policy of V4 countries. The narrower and broader cooperation between experts from different backgrounds was helped to reconsider innovation policy in the V4 countries. Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic were part of this project.

Labour force monitoring and forecasting – Lithuania

Completed project
Project duration: October 30, 2013 – September 23, 2014
The main objective of the project is implementation of the quantitative skill needs forecasting model in Lithuania and production of first projection results. The development of a new modelling tool for Lithuania is based on the model used in the Czech Republic. 

THE EU SKILLS PANORAMA – Achieving Regional and Local Impact (ARLI)

Completed project
Project duration: April 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014

The ARLI project seeked to utilise a system of mutual learning to gather good practices from regional and sub-regional experts across the partner countries and to use this to support both the EU Skills Panorama – online labour market information tool developed for the European Commission.

For the ARLI project, NVF work was based on its cooperation with several Czech regions where NVF develops regional information systems on labour market as a support tool for the regional government, PES and other users.

Good practice in the field of quality of services for drug users

Completed project

Certification process of services for drug users has been launched by Resolution of the Czech
Government No. 300/2005 from June 1, 2005. This day is an important milestone for drug
policy of the Czech Government. The certification process is an unique system of quality
evaluation of social services that has not analogy and it is field in which Czech Republic can
hand over experience to other EU countries.

Transferable skills across economic sectors – Role and importance foremployment at European level

Completed project
Project duration: January 1, 2010 - February 28, 2011

The overall aim of the project was to identify transferable skills and their role and importance with regard to the employability, adaptability and occupational mobility of people on the labour market. The project leader was RPIC-VIP.


Completed project
Project duration: October 1, 2004 – March 31, 2007  

TrainSME (Innovative vocational Training approaches in Small and Micro Enterprises) was aimed at the improvement of the vocational training system in small and micro enterprises. The project elaborated and adapted tools for the assessment of vocational training needs in small and specifically micro enterprises and models for the creation of training programs which are meeting the needs of employees and enterprises and support innovation processes. The TrainSME project has been funded with support from the European Commission.

Overseas Information Monitor Reports

Completed project
Project duration: 2007 – 2008

A total of five thematic analytical/des­criptive reports were gradually developed as part of the project. They provide information about the system of vocational education and training (VET), the labour market and the related legislation in the Czech Republic. The contracting authority is the Japanese OVTA (Overseas Vocational Training Association).

YOUTH – Young in Occupations and Unemployment: Thinking of their better integration in the labour market

Completed project
Project duration: 2007 – 2008

The project aimed to develop a comprehensive overview of the current European approaches to integrating young people into the labour market, and to choose those practices that have the potential of improving the current and future situation in this area.

In addition to the NTF the partners included the Italian CESOS and the Hungarian Szent István University Gödöllö.

Strengthening of the capacity of the institutions from selected EU countries in the field of implementation of Regulations (EC) No. 883/2004 and 987/2009 and introduction of the electronic data exchange

Completed project

The realisation of this project is based on, amongst other things, Regulation no. 883/2004 (EC) and Regulation 987/2009, which imposes the obligation of all EU member states to secure international electronic data exchange in the area of social security within the framework of the entire European network.

The basic goal of the project for the institutions in the Czech Republic is the use of all of the benefits arising from the international cooperation during the building of fully functioning points of access to the data of the insured individuals in the EU (so-called Access Points (AP)) which ensure the necessary interoperability with the other affected international bodies within the framework of the European architecture for the exchange of standardised electronic documents. 

Project started in October 2010 and planned duration is 24 months.

Mid-term skills supply and demand forecast

Completed project
National Training Fund is part of the project team focused on medium-term forecasts. The leader of team is the Warwick Institute for Employment Research (IER). The role of the National Training Fund consists in processing partial analysis of professional skills and characteristics.