In the New Skills Agenda for Europe the European Commission has announced ten action points to make skills more visible and improve their recognition at local, national and EU levels.
The European Commission has reported that although many Europeans have underqualified jobs, 40% of European employers say they are having a hard time finding people with the right skills. The New Skills Agenda’s ten action points aim to address this issue and help equip people with entrepreneurial skills to help them adapt to the ever-changing labour market.
The ten action points are as follows:
- A Skills Guarantee to help low-skilled adults acquire a minimum level of literacy, numeracy and digital skills and progress towards an upper secondary qualification. The Council Recommendation for the Skills Guarantee calls on Member States to draw up within one year from its adoption, an action plan for implementation. The document is available in 23 EU languages and is available here.
- A review of the European Qualifications Framework for a better understanding of qualifications and to make better use of all available skills in the European labour market.
- The "Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition" bringing together Member States and education, employment and industry stakeholders to develop a large digital talent pool and ensure that individuals and the labour force in Europe are equipped with adequate digital skills.
- The ‘Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills’ to improve skills intelligence and address skills shortages in specific economic sectors.
- A "Skills Profile Tool Kit for Third Country Nationals" to support early identification and profiling of skills and qualifications of asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants.
- A revision of the Europass Framework, offering people better and easier-to-use tools to present their skills and get useful real-time information on skills needs and trends which can help with career and learning choices.
- Making Vocational Education and Training (VET) a first choice by enhancing opportunities for VET learners to undertake a work based learning experience and promoting greater visibility of good labour market outcomes of VET.
- A review of the Recommendation on Key Competences to help more people acquire the core set of skills necessary to work and live in the 21st century with a special focus on promoting entrepreneurial and innovation-oriented mind-sets and skills.
- An initiative on graduate tracking to improve information on how graduates progress in the labour market.
- A proposal to further analyse and exchange best practices on effective ways to address brain drain.
The European Commission has also published a fact sheet with frequently asked questions about the New Skills Agenda. The page contains comprehensive information on what the New Skills Agenda is, how it works, and other useful information.