The European Commission launched on July 1st the revised European Skills Agenda, a joint effort of DG EAC and DG EMPL with ambitious objectives for the education and training sector to be achieved by 2025. It will be completed in September with the Communication on the European Education Area. LLLP welcomes such an ambitious Agenda and its alignment with the European Pillar of Social Rights first principle on education, training and lifelong learning. This is a move in the right direction from the first Skills Agenda, released in 2016, which was heavily focused on skills development for employability.
The Agenda still has a prominent focus on “skills for jobs” approach as the guiding principle for lifelong learning policies which is understandable in the current context to a certain extent. However, at LLLP we believe that a social inclusion approach should be at the forefront of these policies across the EU