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VET provides people with skills

Around half of the EU’s population acquires their first job-related skills through VET. Many more go on to develop those skills and to learn new ones through continuing training and other learning at the workplace. This is increasingly important as Europe’s workforce is getting older, but changes to technology and jobs are coming faster.

If the EU is to have the right skills to fill the jobs of today and tomorrow, training must be of high quality. The right policies need to be in place to ensure that people learn the right things; that their skills, no matter if they have acquired them in the formal training system or by working are recognised and that they can have the training they need when they need it.