The European Commission has published an evaluation of the 2014 Quality Framework for Traineeships, with the aim of assessing its implementation and contribution across the EU and the overarching goal to strengthen the quality of traineeships.
Traineeships facilitate young pepole’s access to the labour market and play a great role for the majority of the young workforce. It is not by chance that 85% of the trainees surveyed for the evaluation said that traineeships helped them to learn things that […]
In this position paper, the Lifelong Learning Platform (LLLP) investigates the importance of funding in education and training, its sources and its impact on access to learning and on the quality of the learning provided. The following conversations warrant a disclaimer on the terminology used in the paper. Though at times funding and investment in education and training are used interchangeably the two have different implications.
LLLP sides with the concept of funding when it comes to learning in this Position […]
In Italy, the constant public underfinancing of the HE system from the Law 240/2010 to the present day has severely burdened the pockets of thousands of students. There is an 82% increase in the average annual university fee compared to the amounts students paid when they enrolled in 2004. The increase in absolute terms amounts to €609.73, raising the national average fee to €1353.43. In addition, the autonomy of HEIs in defining their own taxation creates greater inequality, defining in […]
Recent increases in funding for education and training, such as the EU directing over EUR70 billion in the sector and Member States increasing their funding of learning as part of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP), might, out of context, appear as a watershed moment for education and training. However, strengthening the role of public funding for education means, conversely, that education stays a public good for all. Therefore, “who” or rather “what instruments” finance lifelong learning are not questions to […]
The CHOICE Project intends to innovate STEM education and contribute to the policy reform of STEM curricula in European secondary schools by providing teachers and students with tools and resources promoting the STE(A)M approach, connecting STEM subjects with Arts and All the other disciplines. The project’s partnership is composed of non-profit organisations, business and private sector, education and training institutions, from five European countries: Italy, Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Belgium.
The project’s final conference, ‘Investing in People and STEM […]
The 12th edition of the Lifelong Learning Week will take place in Brussels on 28 November – 2 December 2022. A milestone event in the education & training sector, the LLLWeek 2022 will be hosted by MEP Milan Zver, member of the CULT Committee of the European Parliament.
Drawing from the latest developments in European policy, we framed the LLLWeek around the topic “Investment in Education and Training: A Public Good for All”. The goal is to reflect upon the decreasing […]
The Lifelong Learning Platform is proud to publish its study for the ongoing campaign on “Invest in ET”.
While the value of quality education and training is strongly acknowledged across EU Member States, it remains the case that public expenditure has failed to recover to pre-financial crisis levels at the EU level. This paper tracks the extent to which public expenditure on education and training has changed over time and puts forth the case for a marked increase in levels of public […]
Why an Annual Theme?
The Lifelong Learning Platform addresses forward-looking issues in the field of education and training on an annual basis. This year’s theme will be explored during different events and meetings at the crossroads between the French and Czech Presidencies of the Council of the EU, thus helping the transition and bridging with the outcomes of the Future of Europe Conference led by the French Presidency.
Investment in education and training: a public good for all
Investment in education […]