Skills and Employment

Europe’s greatest resource is its people. In a globally competing world, the future of Europe and its industries depends on the workforce of today and tomorrow. Europe can improve its innovation capacity and productivity by fostering people's skills throughout their lives while setting the right policy framework for employment.

ERT strongly encourages the EU and its Member States to continue to invest in education and training all along people's careers. Industry and education need to work together to create a new dynamic that closes the skills gap, especially in fields such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Europe requires more people with an entrepreneurial spirit to create tomorrow's start-ups or to propose new concepts, drive innovative product development and set-up and run new business units in existing companies. The high youth unemployment rate merits specific attention.


Press Release

New project to re-engage young people on why Europe matters

Europe will only overcome the current political crisis if the next generation of Europeans cares about the EU and is ready to engage to further advance the European project.

A major new initiative labelled ‘Why Europe Matters’ is today being launched to re-engage Europe’s youth in a multinational debate with politicians and business leaders The European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) and JA Europe are to survey more than 10,000 youngsters about their hopes and...
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Benchmarking Report 2016

A glance at the competitiveness of Europe and its industries

The 2016 edition of the ERT Benchmarking Report presents a comprehensive grading of Europe in the global context in terms of competitiveness, trade and investment, innovation, digital economy, energy and climate, employment and skills. It also provides some encouraging examples of “best practices”...
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Press Release

Why Europe matters

Letter to the press from Members of the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT)

The European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) published a letter today signed by its Members - 51 business leaders of major European companies - calling for renewed confidence in the European Union and emphasising that Europe matters.
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