Investing in education and training for all is a key priority for the European Union. This EU support is provided by the European Social Fund (ESF) via Thematic Objective 10 which allows investments in education, training and vocational training for skills and lifelong learning through four Investment Priorities:
- Reducing and preventing early school leaving and promoting equal access to education;
- Improving the quality and access to tertiary and equivalent education and training;
- Enhancing equal access to lifelong learning for all age groups;
- Improving the labour market relevance of education and training systems.
The Commission is carrying out an evaluation in preparation for the next ESF programming period. This study contributes to this evaluation by providing evidence on its implementation until the end of 2018.