The Association for European Dairy Industry Learning (AEDIL) was established in 1992 by European organisations, which were responsible for the vocational education and training in the dairy sector in their countries. Soon, other countries joined the association, with dairy oriented group associations and societies who particularly support the needs of vocational, further and continuing training in the dairy sector. Meanwhile the number of members has increased to 15 members.


"Mapping skills needs and supply in the dairy sector" AEDIL/ERASMUS+ Project


AEDIL successfully applied for EU-funding for a project, which will produce recommendations on how to meet the skills required by the European dairy sector.


The project is composed of four major processes:

  1. Development of a framework for research of skills needs and supply in the dairy sector.
  2. Research in 13 countries with interviews of educational institutions, dairies and ex-students.
  3. Analysis and interpretation of the data collected.
  4. Recommendations on how to close the gaps and even out mismatches found in the research.

The project has a duration of 3 years and started at the end of 2016. The research has been undertaken in Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Turkey and the UK.


The rationale behind the project is that the European dairy sector is rapidly changing towards more concentrated and specialized production and the global demands for dairy products are growing. This situation matched with an education supply that is not fully geared to provide the skills needed by the labour market, display a strong need for comprehensive knowledge on skills demands and skills supply within the European dairy sector.


For more information please follow the Project Homepage.



  • Promotion and protection of the dairy profession and the dairy sector in Europe by means of allying the national associations within the framework of the due European solidarity commitment.
  • Co-ordination and adaptation of the vocational, further and continuing training in the dairy sector as well as mutual recognition of qualifications and diplomas.
  • Edition of a European Vocational Education Passport which is confirmed by the EU authorities and issued by the national associations.
  • Elaboration of vocational training qualifications which are mutually recognised by the member states.
  • Exchange of experience with educational policy and social objectives in the dairy sector.
  • Exchange of experience in the technical, economic, academic and scientific domains through seminars, information workshops, study trips and other meetings.
  • Trainees' and students' exchange in the dairy sector.
  • Use of the educational and mobility schemes of the European Union.
  • Providing for junior staff for the dairy sector with actions for the recruitment of apprentices.
  • Safeguarding and promotion of the common interests of the dairy profession towards the European authorities and institutions.
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