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Europe has also seen a rise in informal learning as individual needs are redefining schools, universities and training. Such courses exist in ICT centres, libraries and through NGOs. Chambers of Commerce, civil society and parents also have a role to play.

EU Skills Initiative 2016

The EPP Group in the CoR hopes that the EU skills initiative takes on board the findings from the 2015 Study Visit and places digital and entrepreneurial skills in a central place within the European Commission proposals. According to a speech to the OECD Employment and Labour Ministerial Meeting in January, the forthcoming EU Skills initiative, led by Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, will focus on three axis:

1. Helping more people develop and upgrade their skills Currently, 68 million European adults possess only basic levels of proficiency in literacy and numeracy and one in five 15 year-old students is low performing in basic skills. 40% of EU citizens have only low level or no digital skills.

2. Making better use of the available skills through enhanced mobility This requires more transparency, a smoother recognition of qualifications, and validation of skills acquired outside formal education.

3. Ensuring higher and more relevant skills for all Today, Europe faces a paradoxical situation where, in the context of high unemployment, four out of ten employers claim they cannot find people with the right skills to fill their vacancies. The top priority is therefore to develop more partnerships between education and businesses, to ensure workers acquire the skills employers are looking for and facilitate access high-end professions that add value to our economy.

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Closing the gap: digital and entrepreneurial skills for all  

A collection of essays from participants at the 2015 EPP Group in the European Committee of the Regions and the EDS Study Visit on digital a...

Closing the gap: digital and entrepreneurial skills for all  

A collection of essays from participants at the 2015 EPP Group in the European Committee of the Regions and the EDS Study Visit on digital a...

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