Date – December, 8 at 11.00 CET
Speaker – Helen Hoffmann, Policy Officer at the Directorate-General for Employment, Social affairs and Inclusion, European Commission
Vocational education and training (VET) responds to the needs of the economy, but also provides learners with skills important for personal development and active citizenship. VET can boost enterprise performance, competitiveness, research and innovation and is a central aspect of successful employment and social policy.
Today we face a number of challenges:
- Green and digital transitions are reshaping the way we live, work and interact and call for a shift in skill sets to reap their full potential.
- Demographic change requires Europe to draw on all of its talents and diversity. At the same time, it will also generates new job opportunities in the silver and care economies.
- The COVID-19 pandemic has made telework and distance learning a reality for millions of people in the EU, and revealed the limitations of our digital preparedness. The pandemic has also negatively impacted job opportunities for many.
- Too many people cannot find a job because they do not have the right skills or they are working in jobs that do not match their talents.
- At the same time, 40% of employers cannot find people with the right skills to fill their vacancies; and too few people have the skill sets and support to see setting up their own business as a realistic route.
As part of the webinar, we will talk about the steps that must be taken to digitalize vocational education. Let's talk about the results of the ET2020 Work Program, which defines the long-term strategic goals of education and training policy: to make lifelong learning and mobility a reality; improve the quality and effectiveness of education and training; to enhance creativity and innovation, including entrepreneurship, at all levels of education and training.
1. Presentation of the activities of the Directorate
2. Innovation and digitalization of vocational education
3. Presentation of the results of the ET2020 working group in vocational education