Education and training
Developing people, their skills and talent, is crucial for ensuring the long-term competitiveness of Europe. It is also key for promoting social cohesion – helping all citizens to benefit from the more and better jobs on offer. The EU has a broad set of policies aimed at tackling the issues that undermine Europe’s competitiveness. Many of these set out to improve higher education and vocational training programmes, to up-skill the workforce across Europe, and build better links between these training providers and industry to ensure that the skills they teach match those that companies need, today and in the future.
Here the European Social Fund (ESF) works hand in hand with the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), funding activities which help to modernise education and training systems, reduce early school leaving, promote better access to good quality education for all, whilst also investing in a range of community facilities – in educational, social and health infrastructure - which help to strengthen communities and improve access to services across the board.
Support can also be provided to researchers and to the creation of networks between universities, research centres and businesses, in order to promote innovation and a knowledge-based economy.