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Joint recommendations on the support to economic recovery by the European Social Fund (2009)
The "Joint recommendations on the support to economic recovery by the European Social Fund" presented by the European social partners, who have agreed on a series of joint recommendations on how to optimise the role of the European Social Fund in times of crisis. The European Social Fund represents the EU’s main financial instrument for investing in people by supporting the implementation of active inclusion measures, activation measures, re-training and skills upgrading. The European Economic Recovery Plan rightly highlighted the important role of the ESF for supporting economic recovery.
Learning in a crisis (2009)
CEDEFOP briefing note of how to cope with the crisis. The economic crisis is a stark reminder that lifelong learning needs to support individuals throughout the economic cycle. Despite the recession Member States and social partners are committed to developing skills.
Mind the gap: Europe's potential skills deficit (2009)
Europe, potentially, faces a major skills problem in the near future. Over 20 million new jobs are expected to be created between 2006 and 2020. Another 85 million jobs will be available to replace people who retire or leave the labour market for other reasons. Although more jobs and more job opportunities are forecast, the working age population will fall by around six million.