At 14.8 %, the crisis-induced EU unemployment rate for low-educated adults is five percentage points higher than in 2008 and well above average.
Among 25-64 year-olds, those with low qualifications are less likely to participate in adult learning. In the EU, their participation rates have stagnated at 3.8 %
In 2008, at least 20% of innovative enterprises in many EU countries had procedures in place to identify and reduce their environmental impact.
6.8 million young people in the EU are either unemployed or underemployed.
Currently, 38.5% of total EU employment is in knowledge-intensive services, and this percentage is on the increase.
One in six 18 to 24 year olds was neither in education nor employment in 2010.
Employment in high-skilled occupations is not only resisting the crisis but on the increase since 2008
In the EU in 2009, EUR 27.6 billion were invested in training as the most important and most reinforced public measure for helping individuals with difficulties on the labour market.
Manufacturing and construction sustain massive jobs losses, but employment is growing in health care, social work and education
One in 20 staff is an apprentice in Germany and Austria, compared with less than one in every hundred in many other countries.
The Internet is widely, and increasingly, consulted for self-directed learning, and for offers in education and training. But participation in online courses is still not common, and only rising slowly.
In almost all Member States, more than 40 % of enterprises considered the lack of relevant qualifications from education and /or training to be a key reason why vacancies for ICT specialist jobs were hard to fill.
With 16 % employee participation, on-the-job training is the second most attended form of continuing vocational training in EU enterprises
Data from 2008 confirm that in the EU, upper secondary vocational education and training is mainly school based. But in some countries combined school and work- based programmes continue to play a major role.
63% of EU adults state that they know at least one foreign language. But only 31% say they know it well.
2009 data confirm a decreasing trend in early school leaving, but achieving the EU target is still a challenge.