"A strong human capital base is the key to sustainable growth". This is the key message that László Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion is delivering today 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. Andor recalls that lack of adequate education and training is stopping many young people from finding a job. He stresses 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.
Andor also reminds that the Commission is developing an EU skills panorama that aims at informing all those looking for information about growing occupations and future skills needs. "Obviously when the job opportunities are coming up skilled workforce must be available. This is the challenge to which the training and education system has to respond to" concludes Andor.