Education, Training and Youth Forum 2016

Connecting Education, the Labour Market and Society: Delivering the New Skills Agenda for Europe

Brussels, 20-21 October 2016

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About the European Education, Training and Youth Forum

The European Education, Training and Youth Forum is an annual event which brings together key stakeholders in education, training and youth.

This year's Forum focused on how to best deliver on the New Skills Agenda for Europe adopted by the Commission on 10 June 2016. The New Skills Agenda aims to ensure that people develop a broad set of skills and competences from early on in life in order make the most of Europe's human capital, as well as to improve employability and competitiveness. Improving skills levels, educational attainment and promoting key competences, including transversal skills, are essential to improving people's employability, their chances in life as full citizens and creating fair, inclusive and sustainable societies.

To turn the Skills Agenda into a reality at grassroots level, the contribution of education, training and youth stakeholders will be crucial. The Forum featured discussions and exchanges on upcoming initiatives, in particular the review of the 2006 Recommendation on Key Competences for lifelong learning.

Opening panel

Opening panel

The Forum opened with a high-level panel with representatives from the Commission, the European Parliament and the Councilwho outlined the main aims and actions of the New Skills Agenda.

Opening panel

Stakeholder panel

The second panel was an interactive discussion among stakeholders on the Ten Actions covered by the New Skills Agenda and included a system of online voting to allow participants to map their expectations and pose questions on specific initiatives.

Opening panel

Workshops

The Forum programme included interactive and innovative workshops where participants had the opportunity to contribute to upcoming initiatives and discuss implementation of announced actions.

Opening panel

Closing panel

The closing panel looked ahead on how to take forward the conclusions of the Forum for delivery of the New Skills Agenda.

Opening panel speakers

Andrea Bocskor

Member of the European Parliament

20/10/2016 from 9h50 to 11h00

Opening panel

Born in 1978, Beregszász (Beregovo), Ukraine. She graduated in English-History at the Trascarpathian Hungarian Teachers’ Training College. She defended her PhD thesis in 2010 at the ELTE-BTK, in Budapest. In 2013 defended the title of Candidate of Historical Sciences in Kijev, at Institute of Ukrainian History of National Academy of Science. Before getting the Mandate of MEP she was a docent of the Ferenc Rákóczi II. Transcarpathian Hungarian Institute at the Faculty of History and Social Sciences and Director of the Lehoczky Tivadar Institute in Beregszász.

Her main political aim is to represent Transcarpathian Hungarian minority in the EU, promote the rights of national minorities, the European cultural and linguistic diversity and to ensure the use of minority languages at European level. Moreover, to support the European integration, political and economic stability of Ukraine and the development of cross-border cooperation between Transcarpathia and neighbouring regions.

Member of the European Parliament since 2014, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education and the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, Member of the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee, Substitute member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee.

Evarist Bartolo

Minister for Education and Employment of Malta

20/10/2016 from 9h50 to 11h00

Opening panel

Evarist Bartolo was born on 14 October 1952 in Mellieha and has three brothers and three sisters. His father worked as a primary school teacher. He is married to Gillian and they have two children, Katrin and Louisa.

In 1975 Bartolo graduated from the University of Malta with a B.A. (Hons) degree in English Literature and continued his studies in journalism at Stanford University. He also read for a Master’s in Education at the University of Cardiff.

He spent three years teaching at De La Salle College as well as working with the national broadcasting station and editor of numerous media organisations.

A member of parliament since 1992, he worked mostly in Education, European affairs and Tourism as well as serving as Minister of Education and National Culture under a Labour government between 1996 and 1998. Evarist Bartolo took office as the Minister for Education and Employment on 13 March 2013.

Minister Bartolo is known for being a proponent of civil rights in Malta, co-sponsoring a Parliamentary Bill for the introduction of divorce legislation in Malta. The bill was approved in Parliament in October 2011 following a successful referendum campaign.

Maris Lauri

Minister of Education and Research of Estonia

20/10/2016 from 9h50 to 11h00

Opening panel

Maris Lauri has been the Minister of Education and Research of the Republic of Estonia since 13th of September 2016. She has belonged to the Estonian Reform Party since 2014.

  • From 2015–2016, Maris Lauri was a member of the 13th Riigikogu.
  • From 2014–2015, Maris Lauri served as the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Estonia.
  • In year 2014, Lauri was Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas.
  • In year 2011, Maris Lauri created a company OÜ Oeconomia.
  • From 1998-2011, Lauri was economic analyst/head of department at Hansapank (Swedbank).
  • From 1996-1998, she worked as a economic analyst at Bank of Tallinn.
  • From 1994-1996, she worked at Estonian Bank in Economic Analysis Department.
  • From 1993-1994, Maris Lauri served at Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Awards: Order of the White Star, 5th class 2008

Born 1 January 1966 in Kiviõli, studied at Kohtla-Järve Järve Gymnasium (former Secondary School No. 1) 1984 and University of Tartu, economic cybernetics 1989, Master of Science since 1994.

Tibor Navracsics

European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport

20/10/2016 from 9h50 to 11h00

Opening panel

Tibor Navracsics became European Commissioner in charge of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport in November 2014.

Before that, in 2014 he was named Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Between 2010 and 2014, he was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration and Justice.

From 2006 to 2010, Navracsics was a Member of Parliament and a member of the Parliamentary Committee for Constitutional, Judicial and Procedural Affairs.

In 2003, he became the Chief of Staff of the President of Fidesz (Hungarian Civic Union).

Previously, Navracsics was Head of Department in the Prime Minister’s Office.

Before joining politics, Navracsics had a career in academia. From 1997 to 2000, he was the Secretary General of the Hungarian Political Science Association and in 1999, he became Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of Budapest’s ELTE University, where he obtained his law degree and Ph.D.

Michel Servoz

Director-General of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

20/10/2016 from 9h50 to 11h00

Opening panel

Michel Servoz – Director-General of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission, was previously Deputy Secretary General of the Commission, involved in the coordination of the EU semester, including the Annual Growth Survey and of the proposals for the next multi-annual financial framework. From 2005–2010 he was the director of policy coordination for the Secretariat General where he worked on the elaboration of the Europe 2020 strategy for growth and jobs and on the preparation of the European Economic recovery plan.

Programme Download

9h00 – 9h30

Registration of participants

Opening session

9h30 – 9h50

Opening statement

Tibor NAVRACSICS, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport

9h50 – 11h00

Opening Panel

Andrea BOCSKOR, Committee on Culture and Education, 1st Vice Chair, European Parliament

Evarist BARTOLO, Minister for Education and Employment of Malta

Maris LAURI, Minister of Education and Research of the Republic of Estonia

Tibor NAVRACSICS, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport

Michel SERVOZ, Director-General for DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion, European Commission

11h00 – 11h30

Coffee break

11h30 – 12h30

A New Skills Agenda for Europe
Interactive Stakeholder Panel on the Ten Actions

Moderator: Bénédicte Robert, Policy Officer, European Commission

Members of the Panel:

Olivier BLANC, Head of Human Resources for Nespresso Belgilux
Blazhe TODOROVSKI, Vice President of the European Students’ Union
René VAN SCHALKWIJK, Chairman of EUProVET
Anusca FERRARI, Project Manager at European Schoolnet

12h30 – 12h45

Introduction of the break-out sessions

12h45 – 14h00

Buffet lunch

WORK SESSION 1

Implementing the initiatives of the New Skills Agenda for Europe: the role of education, training and youth stakeholders

14h00 – 15h30

4 parallel workshops

  1. Pathways to upskilling adults: What role can you play and how can you make a difference?
  2. Understanding skills intelligence: Why is it important and how can it support your decisions?
  3. EU tools and services for comparability and understanding of skills and qualifications: What are they and what's next?
  4. The Case for Competence Frameworks: Learning from DigComp and EntreComp

15h00 – 16h00

Coffee break

WORK SESSION 2

What's next? Future initiatives of the New Skills Agenda for Europe: an input from education, training and youth stakeholders

16h00 – 17h30

4 parallel workshops

  1. Key Competences Framework: Defining Key Competences for education, training and learning in a changing society
  2. Tracking Graduates: Can data from past students help improve education and make it more relevant to the labour market?
  3. Work-based Learning and Business-Education Partnerships
  4. How can we make education systems more inclusive?: Skills and Beyond

17h45 – 20h00

Forum dinner

WORK SESSION 3

In Focus: Key Competences, including transversal skills

9h30 – 11h00

4 parallel workshops

  1. STARTS – Fostering interdisciplinary innovation in science, technology and the arts
  2. Ensuring that children and young people acquire social and civic competences, and cultural awareness
  3. Transversal skills through non-formal and informal learning - the role of youth work and grassroots sport
  4. Digital skills and competences – Learning for the digital age

11h00 – 11h30

Coffee break

CLOSING SESSION

The way forward

11h30 – 12h45

Reporting from the workshops and closing panel

Members of the Panel:

Thiébaut Weber, Confederal Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation
Maxime Cerutti, Director of Social Affairs, Business Europe
Márcio Barcelos, Board Member, European Youth Forum
Detlef Eckert, Director, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion, European Commission
Sophia Eriksson Waterschoot, Acting Director, DG Education and Culture, European Commission
Ivar Štaffa, Second Secretary, Education, Youth, Professional Qualifications; Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU

12h45 – 13h00

Concluding remarks

Video message by Marianne THYSSEN, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility

Jens Nymand CHRISTENSEN, Deputy Director-General for DG Education and Culture, European Commission

13h00 – 14h00

Sandwich lunch

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