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.


Position Paper

Intra-EU mobility of VET apprentices

The intra-EU mobility of VET apprentices was recently discussed at different forums at EU level, including the Pact for Youth, the Alliance for Apprenticeships and the European Parliament. MEP Ernest Maragall (Greens, ES) prepared an own initiative report on “Erasmus+ and other tools to foster...
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Benchmarking Report 2015

Europe at a Glance

The 2015 edition of the Benchmarking Report takes stock of the economic reality and tracks progress towards a competitive industry in areas identified as key for Europe: competitiveness, energy/climate, the digital economy, employment/skills and trade/investment.
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Youth Employment

Leveraging Employability

European companies need young people with the right skills and mindset to maintain and expand their businesses in an ever more dynamic and competitive global economy. Creativity and dynamism are the basis for the innovations essential to foster Europe’s competitiveness, growth and prosperity. To...
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