Agenda for new skills and jobs

As part of the Europe 2020 Strategy “An Agenda for new skills and jobs” is the Commission’s contribution to reaching the EU employment rate target for women and men of 75 % for the 20-64 years age group by 2020.

The strategy also highlights the EU’s targets to reduce the early school leaving rate to under 10% and increase the number of young people in higher education or equivalent vocational education to at least 40%.

To make Europe’s labour markets function better and to deliver the right mix of skills and right person for the right job, the Commission proposes real actions that they think will help:

  • To step up labour market to improve flexibility and security of labour markets, what they call flexicurity, from flexible and security.
  • To give people and businesses the right stimulation to invest in training to continuously upgrade people’s skills in line with labour market needs.
  • To ensure respectable working conditions while improving the quality of employment legislation.
  • To ensure that the right labour market conditions are in place for job creation such as less administrative burdens or lowering the taxes on labour and mobility.

To make this reality this agenda complements the Commision´s “youth on the move” agenda which aims to help young people to gain knowledge, skills and experience that they need to make there way in to the labour market. 



3 thoughts on “Agenda for new skills and jobs

  1. I think this is extremely important as the strategy is trying to address the major problem that exists between the mismatch of skills and labour market requirements. Many people have theoretical knowledge but are lacking in practical skills which would be more useful to employers, stimulating on the job training investment could be a way around this. As candidates with theoretical knowledge will be given on the job training which would enable them to fully meet labour market requirements.

  2. There are difficult challenges that the EU has to face. The second point is a good point. But the question is – like always – how to get there. Also the last point is important and definitely a good approach. Our generation and the future generation have a different role in the labor markets. Security and keeping one job your entire life became more seldom. It is more likely that we are switching from one to the other and it should be the government’s responsibility to give our generation (and the future one’s) the possibility to study further and broaden our horizon in the labor market. We need to think more globally and to give the people the possibility to act flexible within the European Union. But still problematic is, how companies want to combine flexibility with assuring security at the same time.
    Besides, another question which arises is, how is “higher education” defined, because 40% high educated people rises also the expectations of what the people WANT to work.


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