Participation of László Andor in the EuroSkills Event
End production: 05/10/2012 First transmission: 05/10/2012
On 5 October 2012, László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, participated at the Euroskills competition in Spa, Belgium.
The Euroskills competition features demonstrations of technical and manual professions that can yield valuable job opportunities for young people. László Andor recalled that lack of adequate education and training is stopping many young people from finding a job. He stressed that reducing investment in education and training is clearly not an option in today's difficult times and that such investments must be protected from budgetary cuts.
Among participants, there were also Paola, Queen of Beligum, and Marie-Dominique Simonet, Minister for Compulsory Education and Improvement Classes of the Government of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Cutaways of the Euroskills' sign (2 shots)
||Views of the British stand: young people working (4 shots)
||Finnish stand: young people working (2 shots)
||Cutaway of a sign where it is written Landscape Design
||Belgian stand: young people working
||Arrival of Paola, Queen of Beligum
||Paola, Queen of Beligum, Marie-Dominique Simonet, Minister for Compulsory Education and Improvement Classes of the Government of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels, and László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, visiting the Euroskills (11 shots)
||General views of the stand Youth on the move (7 shots)
||Handshake between Paola, Queen of Belgium and László Andor
||Paola, Queen of Belgium and László Andor talking together (4 shots)
||Cutaway of a camerawoman
||Soundbite by László Andor (in ENGLISH): Our skills define our future. It applies to the individuals, workers, but also future workers who still study, but want to excel in a profession and need to learn a lot, but it also applies to the EU as such. If you want to make the EU more competitive in the international economy where global competition is much more intense then in the past we need to rebuild our institutions, vocational training, the dual learning systems which function very well in some Member States.
||Soundbite by László Andor (in ENGLISH): We have to admit that sometimes in some places in the past, (vocational training) it has been ignored or underestimated. But this is also one of the key points when we come forward with a new industrial policy next week in the EC to ensure that there is a human capital leg. The human capital investment is delivered in all levels; it starts with kinder garden and primary schools where vocational training play an essential role and it also has to support life long learning. It should never stop.
||László Andor being interviewed