Old roots for new routesAbstract

Around half of Europe’s population acquires their first job-related skills through VET. Many more develop those skills and learn new ones through continuing training and other forms of learning at the workplace. VET is central to the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. It is fundamental to delivering the European youth guarantee that all young people under 25 receive a good-quality offer of a job, apprenticeship, traineeship, or continued education within four months of them leaving formal education or becoming unemployed. Successful greening of Europe’s economy and job creation across sectors depends on VET providing people with the skills to use new technology and materials and adapt to new methods of working. But Europe’s VET systems are struggling to meet 21st century expectations. Implementing change can be difficult, especially at a time of economic hardship.

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