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Education, training and skills

Labour market needs should be put at the centre of vocational education and training through developing stronger partnerships between education providers and employers. This is important for meeting employers’ skills needs; fostering an entrepreneurial mindset; expanding a culture of life-long learning; and facilitating the transition from education to work.

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In particular, BusinessEurope advocates the principles of work-based learning and the strengthening of dual-learning elements in member states’ existing systems. Young people’s transition from education to employment can be facilitated by expanding access to dual-learning systems, such as in the form of apprenticeships.

To ensure the quality of education and training and its relevance to the long-term needs of individuals and companies, resource efficient investment is needed. This should be done on a cost-sharing basis between those who benefit from education – the state, companies, young people and workers.


Position papers Date
Understanding shortage occupations and the potential of third country migration in helping to address employers’ needs - a BusinessEurope analytical note 25/10/2022
The EU Skills and Talent Package - a BusinessEurope position paper 21/09/2022
Access to training for people that are inactive and unemployed - BusinessEurope recommendations 16/09/2022
Access to training for people in diverse forms of work - BusinessEurope statement 16/09/2022
Individual learning accounts - a BusinessEurope position paper 28/02/2022
BusinessEurope recommendations for an EU Talent Pool 10/11/2021
Employers’ input to an ACVT opinion on a future EU initiative aiming to improve/boost training provision across Europe 12/05/2021
Priorities for reforms to vocational education and training systems - a BusinessEurope orientation paper 27/11/2020
EU Skills and Youth package - a BusinessEurope position paper 22/09/2020
Reducing labour shortages by improving skills matching - Employers statement 12/09/2019
Future of EU vocational education and training (VET) policy 15/11/2018
The role and importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills - a BusinessEurope position paper 06/09/2018
A European framework for quality and effective apprenticeships - a BusinessEurope position paper 02/03/2018
A Shared Vision for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships and Work-based Learning - Opinion of the Advisory Committee on vocational training (ACVT) addressed to the European Commission 02/12/2016
Conditions of entry and residence fo third-country nationals for the purposes of highly skilled employment (EU Blue Card) 22/09/2016
New skills agenda for Europe - a BusinessEurope position paper 22/09/2016
Towards a shared vision of apprenticeships - Joint statement of the European social partners 30/05/2016
BusinessEurope statement on the European Alliance for Apprenticeships 23/06/2015
Youth guarantee - BusinessEurope statement 06/04/2014
The European area of skills and qualifications (EASQ) - a BusinessEurope position paper 26/03/2014
Quality framework on traineeships - a BusinessEurope position paper 04/02/2014
Framework of Actions on Youth Employment 11/06/2013
Moving youth into employment 31/01/2013
Rethinking education: investing in skills for better socio-economic outcomes 28/01/2013
Reports and studies Date
Skills, innovation and the provision of, and access to training - Final report on the European social partners' integrated project 30/11/2021
Greening the economy: employment and skills aspects - a BusinessEurope policy orientation note 15/10/2021
Future European Social Fund - Better supporting capacity building of social partner organisations 29/06/2018
Promoting social partnership in employee training - Final report 19/06/2018
The cost-effectiveness of apprenticeship schemes - Making the case for apprenticeships 27/05/2016
Future of social Europe: challenges and the way ahead 28/11/2014
Educate for employment 26/04/2012
Creating opportunities for youth - How to improve the quality and image of apprenticeships 01/03/2012
Plugging the skills gap: the clock is ticking - Science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) 18/05/2011
Press releases Date
EU youth employment and up-skilling is essential to transform Europe 01/07/2020
Better education and skills for a more competitive Europe 17/01/2018
EU employers: For better apprenticeships, better policy needed 05/10/2017
Public letters Date
BusinessEurope's views on the idea of a framework on traineeships - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Commissioner Laszlo Andor 22/11/2013
Speeches Date
Apprenticeships - Intervention by Renate Hornung-Draus, Chair of BusinessEurope's Social Affairs Committee, at the Informal EPSCO meeting on 11 July in Vilnius 11/07/2013
Joint social partners seminar on transition between education and employment, 23-24 May 2013, Berlin - Speaking notes for Maxime Cerutti, BusinessEurope's Director of Social Affairs 24/05/2013
Neujobs: wanted skills: labour market matching and labour mobility - Speaking notes for Robert Plummer, Adviser, Social Affairs, BusinessEurope - CEPS labour migration and mobility conference, 7 May 2013 06/05/2013
APPRENTICESHIPS: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES - Speaking notes for Maxime Cerutti, Director of BusinessEurope's Social Affairs Department - IV Conference on dual learning, 25 April 2013 25/04/2013
Active ageing: from challenges to opportunity - Speaking notes for Maxime Cerutti, Director of BusinessEurope's Social Affairs Department, at Joint EU SPs Conference on Promoting active ageing through lifelong learning, 18 April 2013, Brussels 18/04/2013
Relationship between youth unemployment and VET? - Speaking notes for Robert Plummer at OBESSU debate 11/03/2013


Robert Plummer

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Last updated: 5 October 2020