The world of business and employment is evolving all the time, and this process is accelerating. New products, services and technologies demand new skills from workers. The ESF is helping build a culture of training and lifelong learning to enable workers and employers to keep their skills and competences up to date.
Learning no longer stops at the school gates. It has become a lifelong process. As new products and services appear, as innovative technologies and processes are adopted, as industrial sectors and enterprises restructure to become more competitive, so Europe's workforce must adapt to an environment where change is normal, and new skills are always desirable. Many thousands of ESF projects are helping workers get these new skills and take control of their careers.
As well as helping hundreds of thousands of individuals to get access to the training they want, the ESF is also encouraging vocational-training institutions and universities to improve the relevance and the range of courses they offer to companies and individuals. In particular, ensuring that what is taught is what is needed to get a job, improve performance and offer the trainee better job prospects.