According to Cedefop’s new estimate, 128 million adults (about 46%) in the EU, Iceland and Norway are in potential need of upskilling and/or reskilling. How to reach out to this huge pool of talent and address their comprehensive needs through coordinated and coherent approaches was the central theme of Cedefop’s 7th Brussels seminar on 25 June.
The second joint Cedefop/European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) policy learning forum on upskilling pathways discussed ways of developing such pathways for adults, in Brussels on 20 and 21 May.
At the invitation of the Romanian EU Presidency, Cedefop presented its activities in the area of upskilling pathways for adults for the first time at a Council of the European Union Education Committee meeting, on 8 April, in Brussels.
A new Cedefop study on the economic and social cost of low-skilled adults in the EU seeks to provide evidence for policy-makers to design and implement policies tailored to this particular group.
At an international conference organised by Italy’s Regione Umbria on 10 May in Brussels, Cedefop Director James Calleja said that ‘recognition, reputation and employability are the key indicators of quality in adult education and learning.’
At the Cedefop workshop on 11 and 12 February over 20 experts from different European countries discussed the role of cooperation between higher education institutions and enterprises for continuous professional development.
Adult learning promotes competitiveness, employability and social inclusion. It is a vital component of the European Union's (EU’s) lifelong learning policy. But many challenges remain to make it an attractive, inclusive, accessible and flexible learning option.
Since 2011, numbers of self-employed people under 30 years of age have risen steadily. This trend could well continue unabated despite the obstacles faced by self-employed people. Running a business requires specialist training which is not accessible for most budding entrepreneurs.
The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) have presented a first evaluation of implementation of the current immigration law for foreign professionals Wirkungsanalyse des rechtlichen Rahmens für ausländische Fachkräfte (impact analysis of the legal framework for foreign professionals).