The new Skills Agenda for Europe launches a number of actions to ensure that the right training, the right skills and the right support is available to people in the European Union. It will aim at making better use of the skills that are available; equip people with the new skills that are needed – to help them find quality jobs and improve their life chances. The Commission invites Members States, social partners, the industry and other stakeholders to work together to:
- improve the quality and relevance of skills formation
- make skills more visible and comparable
- improve skills intelligence and information for better career choices
This is set out in the Communication: A New Skills Agenda for Europe – Working together to strengthen human capital, employability and competitiveness.
The Commission proposes 10 actions to be taken forward over the next two years. A number were announced with the adoption of the new Skills Agenda for Europe on 10 June 2016:
- A Skills Guarantee to help low-skilled adults acquire a minimum level of literacy, numeracy and digital skills and progress towards an upper secondary qualification.
- A review of the European Qualifications Framework and the related annexes for a better understanding of qualifications and to make better use of all available skills in the European labour market.
- The ‘Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition’ to support co-operation among education, employment and industry stakeholders.
- The ‘Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills’ to improve skills intelligence and address skills shortages in specific economic sectors.
University Women of Europe is trying to raise the issue of parity and stereotyping in skills at the European Women’s Lobby.
Other actions will be launched later in 2016 and in 2017:
- A ‘Skills Profile Tool Kit for Third Country Nationals’to support early identification and profiling of skills and qualifications of asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants.
- A revision of the Europass Framework, offering people better and easier-to-use tools to present their skills and get useful real-time information on skills needs and trends which can help with career and learning choices.
- Making Vocational Education and Training (VET) a first choice by enhancing opportunities for VET learners to undertake a work based learning experience and promoting greater visibility of good labour market outcomes of VET.
- A review of the Recommendation on Key Competences to help more people acquire the core set of skills necessary to work and live in the 21st century with a special focus on promoting entrepreneurial and innovation-oriented mind-sets and skills.