A highly skilled mobile workforce is the basis for an internationally competitive industry that provides quality jobs. Ceemet and its members will support the European Commission’s ambition to work towards a European Education Area (EEA). Investing in people and their education and removing the obstacles that hinder (learning) mobility across Europe should be a shared goal of all stakeholders.
Ceemet’s key messages
Europe’s tech & industry employers want to actively contribute and support the creation of a real EEA by 2025 emphasizing the following:
Drive excellence of education & training systems
Invest in the broad range of skills; i.e. basic, digital, soft, STEM & language ones
Boost Vocational Education & Training (VET)
Reinforce interaction between education & training systems and labour markets
Promote a culture of Lifelong learning (LLL) and foster Continuous Vocational Education & Training (CVET)
Encourage (learning) mobility
The existing skills gap is a cause of reduced competitiveness of industry & tech companies. With faster and deeper changes in the field of skills, due to digitalisation, the challenge of skills shortages is becoming even more relevant. This skills gap needs first to be addressed at national level. At European level more funds need to be set aside in order to support education and training systems in Europe to adapt to the technological change and deliver the right set of skills.
National education & training systems differ substantially across Europe and education & training policies remain, largely, a national competence. Ceemet supports this variety and the respect of the principle of subsidiarity. However, as an industry we share common challenges regarding education & training: the mismatch between the skills provided and the skills needed and the shortage of skilled labour across Europe.