Approximately 20% of young people in the EU are currently jobless. The European Parliament adopted on 26th October a Report for New Skills for New Jobs. It consists of measures to reach a better matching between young people's skills and the labour market needs. It also aims to bridge the gap between the world of education and of work.

The Reports most relevant points to OBESSU are:

  • Build on appropriate European frameworks, such as the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and the European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET);
  • The importance of increasing participation in life-long learning, in particular in vocational education and training;
  • Promoting and recognising both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ skills;
  • High-quality, modern and vocational education accessible to all and in line with the promotion of equal opportunities for all.