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Education & Training in the European Union

Latest news on the European Union's education and training policies.

Public procurement of food for health: technical report on the school setting
The purpose of this document is to support EU Member States in translating their national school food standards related to health and nutrition into food procurement specifications. This is done by collecting the major obstacles experienced in real-life implementation and by sharing relevant examples from across Europe.

Record numbers take part in Erasmus exchange programme
678,000 Europeans - more than ever before - were able to study, train, work and volunteer abroad with the help of Erasmus+, the EU's education and training programme, which is 30 years old this year.

30 years of the Erasmus exchange programme
The Commission launched on 26 January celebrations on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the start of Erasmus, one of the most successful programmes of the European Union.

European Solidarity Corps
The European Solidarity Corps is the new European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe.

European Solidarity Corps
The European Commission launched the European Solidarity Corps on 7 December 2016, providing young people between the ages of 18 and 30 with the opportunity to sign up for new opportunities to make an important contribution to society across the EU, and to gain invaluable experience and acquire valuable skills at the start of their career.

European Vocational Skills Week
The first European Vocational Skills Week, organised by the European Commission, aims to inspire people to discover, use and improve their talents and abilities through vocational training.

Education and Training Monitor
The Education and Training Monitor is an annual publication that captures the evolution of education and training in the EU. It contributes to the objectives of the EU strategic framework for cooperation in education and training, the overall Commission's strategy for growth and employment and the European Semester cycle of economic policy co-ordination.

2016 Education and Training Monitor
The 2016 edition of the European Commission's Education and Training Monitor shows progress towards important EU targets, but also highlights that Member States need to make their education systems more relevant and inclusive, in particular regarding the integration of newly arrived refugees and migrants.

Revised Europass Framework
The European Commission adopted on 6 October a proposal to revise the framework for Europass, a suite of tools and services which support the transparency of skills and qualifications across the European Union.

Youth Guarantee and Youth Employment Initiative - progress report
A Communication adopted by the European Commission on 4 October highlights the main achievements of the Youth Guarantee and Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) since their launch in 2013.

MEPs want free rail passes for young Europeans
Young Europeans could be offered a free InterRail pass on their 18th birthday, helping to promote better understanding and knowledge about Europe, following a vote by MEPs on Tuesday.

EU spending needs closer link between education and employment: EU auditors
EU funding on education, while in line with EU objectives, does not always establish a clear link with its impact on employability, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors.

New EU rules to attract non EU students & researchers
Harmonised EU entry and residence rules were approved by the EU Parliament Wednesday, making it easier and more attractive for people from third countries to study or do research at EU universities.

More Europeans age 30-34 complete tertiary education
An increasing number of Europeans aged 30 to 34 complete tertiary education - from 23.6% in 2002 to 38.7% in 2015 - while there are fewer and fewer early leavers from education and training, figures from Eurostat show.

The Ultimate EU Career Development Book
As co-author of 'The Ultimate EU Test Book - Assessment Centre Edition', I wanted to create a book which would be of value to those who are already working for the EU and wish to develop their EU "core competencies" - for greater job satisfaction, better performance and career success. 'The Ultimate EU Career Development Book' is that book and it is now available. In addition, a specially created FREE ONLINE TOOLKIT accompanying the book allows users to carry out a self-assessment for their competencies easily online, automatically generating a personal competency passport and priorities for action. You can even, if you wish, get anonymised 360-degree feedback from family, friends and colleagues so you can compare your self-assessment with other people’s evaluation of you! Using the book and free online toolkit in conjunction provides a complete package for understanding the competencies and your personal strengths and weaknesses, and planning your personal development needs. It can be used for private self-development and as a basis for training and team building - Jan De Sutter

Start-up support for young people in the EU: From implementation to evaluation
Against a background of high youth unemployment, policymakers are paying more attention to encouraging young people to start their own businesses as a means of easing their entry into the labour market. As part of the Youth Guarantee, launched in 2013, several Member States have introduced start-up support measures for young job-seekers. However, these measures vary considerably in terms of their content, delivery and aims. This report provides an overview of the current start-up support measures targeted at young people, as well as other more general measures that have relevance for them. It also reviews evaluations of the impact of selected start-up support measures. In doing so, it highlights some of the key methodological issues and limitations of the evaluation exercise.

Erasmus+: the first year
The European Commission published on 26 January three reports on EU funding in the area of education, training, youth and sport.

Education and Training 2020 Joint Report
A draft joint report by the European Commission published on 2 September calls for strengthening cooperation in education and training up to 2020 and especially to promote social inclusion.

European Alliance for Apprenticeships
The fight against youth unemployment is a top priority for the European Commission. Good quality apprenticeships help young people to acquire the skills and key competences necessary to be successful on the labour market. On 22 June, more than forty companies and other organisations have joined the European Alliance for Apprenticeships, coordinated by the Commission,and committed to providing more and better apprenticeships for young people. The companies will make a total of 140,000 apprenticeships and training opportunities available to young people. The Commission says it is committed to strengthening the supply, quality and image of apprenticeships.

Erasmus+ Master Loan Guarantee Facility
The Erasmus+ Master Loan Guarantee Facility is an EU initiative managed and implemented by EIF on behalf of the DG Education and Culture of the European Commission launched in December 2014 in the context of Erasmus+, the EU programme aiming to boost student mobility in Europe. The Erasmus+Master Loan Guarantee Facility aims to increase access to finance in order to enable students, regardless of their social background, to take a Master's Degree in another Erasmus+ programme country, as a contribution to tackling skills gaps in Europe. Masters graduates will make an increasingly important contribution to innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe as the need for higher skills grows.

Erasmus+ Master Loan Guarantee Scheme
The first loans for graduates taking their Master's degree abroad are now available under the Erasmus+ Master Loan Guarantee Scheme.

Student Fee and Support Systems in European Higher Education
The levels of student tuition or administrative fees, grants and loans highlight stark differences across Europe, according to a report published on 22 October by the European Commission's Eurydice network. The report, which covers 33 European countries, reveals that fee systems have remained relatively stable across the continent, despite some notable exceptions. Germany is the only country to recently abolish tuition fees, despite introducing them only in 2007.

National student fee and support systems in European Higher Education 2014/2015
Levels of student tuition or administrative fees, grants and loans continue to highlight stark differences across Europe, according to a report published by the European Commission's Eurydice network. The report, covering 33 European countries, reveals that fee systems have remained relatively stable across the continent, despite some notable exceptions. Germany is the only country to recently abolish tuition fees, despite introducing them only in 2007.

Horizon Report: schools urged to tackle digital skills challenge
Low digital skills and competences among school pupils and the need to integrate effective use of information and communication technologies into teacher training are among the most pressing challenges faced by European school education today, according to a report published by the European Commission and the New Media Consortium, a US-based not-for-profit body bringing together experts in education technology.

Horizon Report Europe - 2014 Schools Edition
The NMC Horizon Project from the New Media Consortium is a long-term investigation launched in 2002 that identifies and describes emerging technologies likely to have a large impact over the coming five years in education around the globe. The NMC Horizon Report Europe: 2014 Schools Edition, the first of its kind for Europe, examines six key trends, six significant challenges and six important developments in educational technology that are very likely to impact educational change processes in European schools over the next five years (2014-2018). The topics within each section were carefully selected by the Horizon Project Europe Expert Panel, a body of 53 experts in European education, technology, and other fields. They come from 22 European countries, as well as international organisations and European networks. Throughout the report, references and links are made to more than 150 European publications (reports, articles, policy documents, blog posts etc.), projects (both EU-funded and national initiatives) and various policy initiatives from all over Europe. The Creative Classrooms multidimensional framework, developed by European Commission?s JRC-IPTS on behalf of DG EAC, was used for analysing the trends, challenges and technologies impacting European schools over the next five years. The analysis reveals that a systemic approach is needed for integrating new technologies in European schools and impacting educational change over the next five years.