New Skills for New Jobs' is an initiative launched by the European Commission in December 2008 to better anticipate, upgrade and match skills needs by building stronger bridges between the world of education and training and the world of work.
A group of independent experts was established in March 2009 to advice the Commission on how to advance the New Skills for New Jobs agenda. Their report was released and presented in a conference in Brussels on February 4, at the same time that the European Union is preparing EU 2020, the follow-up to the EU Strategy for Growth and Jobs.
This conference highlighted the key recommendations of the expert group report. Participants from both employment and education and training fields had the opportunity to discuss the key findings with the experts and give their views on how to further develop the skills and jobs agenda. In addition updated forecasts of the demand and supply of jobs and skills in the EU up to 2020 were presented.
The expert group report, programme of the conference, presentations by the experts and opening speeches, as well as summary of the conference can be found on this page under 'Related documents'.