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Competences & skills

Tackling the “skills mismatch” challenge has become the main paradigm of the last years in education and training policy frameworks as a solution for a better employability of EU citizens and a way out of the crisis. To get 75% of the working age population into work by 2020, the Europe 2020 flagship initiative “Agenda for new skills and jobs” aims at equipping people with the right skills, the CEDEFOP has launched its skills forecast, the OECD its own Skills Strategy and the European Commission’s 2012 Communication on “Rethinking Education” was initially named “Rethinking Skills”. EUCIS-LLL tries to advocate for a broader conception of what an individual needs to succeed in her/his personal and professional life. We especially defend the 2006 European Key Competences Framework and the “competences” terminology in general as it encompasses knowledge, skills and attitudes. This is about more than words as it also reflects our conviction that education and training should not be aimed to provide job-specific technical skills for the labour market but also transversal competences for personal development, civic participation and social inclusion.


LLLWeek2015: Policy Debate Reports now available!

From 30 November to 4 December 2015, the LLLPlatform held its 5th LLLWeek in Brussels, Belgium, this year under the patronage of MEP Krystyna Lybacka (S&D, PL). Many events took place during the week, in and out of the European …

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LLLPlatform: Taking Validation One Step Further, Feb. 2016

European societies are facing numerous challenges such as rising unemployment and inequalities. The 2013 PIAAC report highlights the fact that 20% of the EU adult population have low literacy and numeracy skills. If the correlation between education and employment and especially to …

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EUCIS-LLL new position on validation of non-formal and informal learning

EUCIS-LLL has issued its latest policy paper on validation of non-formal and informal learning. EUCIS-LLL welcomed the 2012 Council Recommendation on VNFIL’s political impulse and encourages Member States to speed up the building of well-functioning validation systems in partnership with …

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Press release: validation arrangements needed to bring European youth back in employment!

The Youth Guarantee Recommendation was adopted in April 2013 and is part of the Youth Employment Package; it is aimed at contributing to reduce critical levels of youth unemployment in Europe by making sure young people under 25 cannot stay …

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EUCIS-LLL contribution to the European Area of Skills and Qualifications

Following the public consultation issued by the European Commission on a European Area of Skills and Qualifications, EUCIS-LLL has produced an input after having led a broad internal consultation within its membership. EUCIS-LLL highlighted all along its contribution that the …

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EUCIS-LLL reaction to PIAAC survey: adult education, the smart investment

Last week were released the results of the OECD’s Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). Aimed to collect and analyse data that assist governments in assessing, monitoring and analysing the level, distribution and utilisation of skills among …

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EUCIS-LLL Manifesto “Building together the future of learning”

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The 2014 European elections will provide the right momentum to think about the future of learning in Europe. The current economic and social crisis gave a new impetus to deeper cooperation in education and training with a high focus on …

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PIAAC survey: adult education, the smart investment

Last Tuesday were released the results of the OECD’s Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). Aimed to collect and analyse data that assist governments in assessing, monitoring and analysing the level, distribution and utilisation of skills among …

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EUCIS-LLL position: “Fostering entrepreneurial mindsets”

Within the last ten years, entrepreneurship skills have been prioritised in the EU agenda for a more competitive and innovative Union; this interest for our citizens’ sense of initiative and creativity has even increased in a context of crisis where …

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EUCIS-LLL welcomes the Recommendation on Validation of non-formal and informal learning

The Council reached political agreement regarding a recommendation on the validation of non-formal and informal learning in November 2012. It invites member states to put in place arrangements for validating these types of learning no later than 2018 – in accordance …

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EUCIS-LLL communication on social innovation: “New ways to provide new skills for new societies”

Encouraging social innovation is a key to reach the ambitious targets set in the Europe 2020 Strategy and in the Education and Training 2020 work programme. EUCIS-LLL believes that lifelong learning is a driver of social innovation and it is …

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EUCIS-LLL position on the EU2020 flagship initiative “Agenda for New Skills and Jobs”

EUCIS-LLL supports the overall orientation of the Agenda for New Skills and Jobs and welcomes its focus on implementation and “resolute action”. The Agenda is very ambitious with 13 action points and 4 key priorities covering many aspects of education, …

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“New Skills for new jobs” Expert Group Report: more focus on inclusion, continuity and progression!

In 2009, an independent high-level expert group was set up to advice the Commission on how to advance the “New Skills for New Jobs” agenda. On 4th February 2010, the experts presented their policy-oriented recommendations at the conference «New Skills …

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