Thematic Guidance Fiche: VET and Adult Learning (Thematic objective 10)
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The treaty stipulates in the Article 166 (ex-article 150 TEC) that "the Union shall implement a vocational training policy which shall support and supplement the action of the Member States, while fully respecting the responsibility of the Member States for the content and organisation of vocational training". Union actions cover therefore the following: facilitate adaptation to industrial changes, improve initial and continuing vocational training, facilitate access to VET and encourage mobility of instructors and trainees, stimulate cooperation on training between educational or training establishments and firms, develop exchanges of information and experience on issues common to the training systems of the Member States. In addition, VET is a useful policy to reduce poverty by ensuring that the skills match better the needs of the labour market and hence that people have a better access to the job market.
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