Briefing Note january 2018Abstract

Cedefop continues channelling European experience to improve vocational education and training policies

The European Union’s (EU’s) economic recovery has strengthened; unemployment is down and employment up. But the economic downturn has accelerated long-term trends of globalisation and digitalisation that demand new skills. Forecasts of a smaller available workforce due to demographic trends are also becoming a reality.
Vocational education and training (VET) can help tackle these issues, especially as part of a comprehensive policy approach. For example, without good quality jobs providing opportunities to learn new skills, highly qualified young people entering the labour market will be underused. Promoting equality, inclusion and solidarity requires learning and career pathways to help adults with low levels of education and new migrants to Europe into work; learning must be at the heart of European pillar of social rights.

Click here to download the publication in English, in FR, in DE