The first, on Social partners and sectoral training funds, held on 24-25 September, explored the advantages and drawbacks of social partner-financed sectoral training funds, and presented Cedefops new publication on this issue.

The funds, set up in 15 European countries, are an increasingly important means of financing and delivering targeted training and for providing guidance, advice and forecasts on training needs. But so far these funds have been less efficient in providing such services to employees of smaller companies, especially of micro enterprises (>10 employees). Cedefops new publication on this issue was presented during the workshop.

The second workshop, held on 29-30 September, showed that employers and policy-makers need to take seriously the impact of demographic change on recruitment, working culture and training. The workshop is part of Cedefops ongoing work on how demographic changes are affecting the organisation of work and training.