Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council Conclusions
EU Ministers for Education, Youth, Culture and Sport met in Brussels on 24 February. They adopted conclusions on innovative education and training to invest in skills, in the context of the European Semester and, in particular, the education aspects of the 2014 Annual Growth Survey. Ministers emphasised that the EU education and training systems should play a fundamental role in ensuring that young people and low-skilled adults acquire skills and competences that match the needs of today’s labour market. The conclusions invite the member states to adopt effective and inclusive education and training policies which take due account of the needs of learners with disadvantaged backgrounds and to incorporate digital forms of learning into mainstream education.
EU Ministers also held a policy debate on skills and employability in the light of the results of recent OECDsurveys (PIAAC and PISA). Ministers indicated some of the concrete measures that were taken or planned at national level to make education and training policies more responsive to the changing needs of the labour market and how the EU could best contribute to support those efforts through policy cooperation and funding instruments.
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