According to Eurostat, in July 2017 more than 3.5 million young people were unemployed. The tremendous frustration and long-term consequences for those concerned as well as the negative impact on the economy has been documented regularly. In face of this situation, European countries increasingly believe that vocational education and training (VET) is a solution that better matches the skills of the workforce with the needs of employers.
In its annual international conference, SOLIDAR Foundation’s partner organisations EVBB and EVTA welcome the recent actions taken by the European Commission regarding the promotion of VET and facilitation of employment. However, the situation of providers and VET learners and apprentices in the EU Member States still show several discrepancies.
We believe that vocational education and training is an important tool in achieving for more inclusive societies and a necessary instrument for the cohesion of the EU as well as the transition from training to the labour market. Fair taxation and later fair redistribution in all sectors including quality VET can be the answer to increasing numbers of NEETs (not in education, employment or training), who are mostly women and young people, in Europe.
With their members all over Europe EVBB and EVTA have identified the most visible challenges and made forward-looking recommendations for a new digital era that all generations in Europe and in the world are facing.
Read the challenges and targeted recommendations here.