Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning (CRELL) provides expertise in evaluation and monitoring of education and training systems since 2005© CRELL, 2012
Benchmarking employability of young graduates
A new European benchmark on the employability of young graduates, developed by the JRC in collaboration with the Directorate-General for Education and Culture, was adopted by the Council of the European Union on Friday 11 May 2012. This benchmark will be the reference level of European average performance on the share of employed graduates from education and training. It will help monitor progress towards EU’s 2020 targets, which envisage an average of at least 82% of graduates (20-34 year old) being employed no more than three years after they have completed education
Employability is a combination of factors which allow individuals to get a job, stay employed and progress during their career. It is a complex concept, which includes skills, attitudes and motivation. Additional factors which lie beyond education and training policy, involve labour market regulations, demography, the structure of the economy and the overall economic situation.
Researchers at the JRC's Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning (CRELL) have worked on the development of conceptual and methodological frameworks defining the present benchmark since 2010. They have also evaluated the role played by specific education and training policies in within-country and cross-country variations in its value.
The European benchmark for education and training for employability complements those already adopted in May 2009 and one related to learning mobility adopted in November 2011. The benchmarks will be examined by Member States and the Commission in 2014 as part of Education and Training 2020 (ET 2020) - the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training - in order to decide whether a revision of the indicators is needed.