Vocational education and training (VET) is central to European strategies for lifelong learning, employment, long-term competitiveness and social cohesion. The EU, its Member States and social partners are devising policies to modernise education and training systems to make them the best in the world by 2010. Cedefop, as the EU’s agency supporting VET policy development, is playing a key role.
Cedefop presented and discussed its findings about skill needs at the Agora conference Skills for Europes future, held at the Cedefop conference centre in Thessaloniki on 21-22 February 2008.
This publication presents – for the first time – a consistent and comprehensive medium-term forecast of employment and skill needs across the whole of Europe. It develops macroeconomic projections and alternative scenarios for each Member State and aggregate results at European level. It provides data on future employment developments by economic sector, occupation and qualification until 2015 and uses comparative data for all Member States.