The European Commission has adopted a new Skills Agenda for Europe. The agenda aims to make sure that people develop the skills necessary for the jobs of today and tomorrow. This task is essential to boost employability, competitiveness and growth across the EU.
The agenda calls on EU countries and stakeholders to improve the quality of skills and their relevance for the labour market. It looks to reduce the number of Europeans lacking adequate reading, writing, numeracy and digital skills. At the same time, it seeks to help highly-qualified young people find work that suits their potential and aspirations, make it easier for employers to recruit employees with the right profiles and to equip people with the skills and mindset to start their own businesses.
See the factsheet below for more on the role of education in development of skills and why the New Skills Agenda is needed.
10 concrete measures support the implementation of the Skills Agenda for Europe. These include a Skills Guarantee, a review of the Recommendation on Key Competences, an initiative on graduate tracking, a review of the European Qualifications Framework as well as the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition and a Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills.
Factsheet on Skills - The Role of Education
Press release - Ten actions to help equip people in Europe with better skills
MEMO - Frequently asked questions
New Skills Agenda for Europe factsheet