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Torino Process 2015 - Moving Skills Forward Together


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This week - on 3 and 4 June - Torino plays host to a biennial event that brings together policy makers, officials, and academics from the ETF partner countries, EU institutions, experts from the ETF and other international organisations, and analysts, journalists, and other interested parties. The Torino Process is all about building the evidence base for VET reform, and supporting partner countries’ policy makers to conduct effective analysis, in order to design and implement good public policy for their specific needs. 

This marks the conclusion of the 2014 Torino Process through a high-level international conference. The conference brings together high level policy makers from the partner countries, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the EU Member States, the international VET expert community, social partners and international organisations. The conference takes place under the Latvian EU Presidency.

Inspired by the EU Bruges-Copenhagen Process, the Torino Process is an evidence-based approach to human capital development policy based on country ownership, broad and open participation of stakeholders from the public and private sectors. The Torino Process identifies the key dimensions of policy analysis as vision (shared vision among all relevant stakeholders on integrated, holistic and comprehensive human capital development – new trends in skills and VET systems for development), efficiency in addressing economic and labour demand, efficiency in addressing demographic, social and inclusion demand, and internal efficiency of VET and VET governance.

The partner countries validated the priority recommendations of the Torino Process in 2014. This conference therefore offers a timely opportunity to discuss how policies are implemented and how policy solutions deliver the best possible results. Although the need for “quick fix” solutions is justifiable in order to address urgent economic and social issues, the ETF conference will concentrate on medium to long-term policies as a comprehensive response facilitating predictability and allowing “quick fix” measures to be scaled up. Inspired by European policies and processes, the conference will focus on human capital development contributing to growth, competitiveness and social cohesion and facilitate the exchange of practice and experience on what works and what doesn’t.

Believing strongly in good partnership, consensus and mutual learning, our approach is to address all issues on the agenda through interactive sessions and workshops. Aiming to strengthen EU engagement at global level, the sessions address:

New trends in skills and VET for development – vision
Participants will discuss the most recent developments in skills and VET and how policies can give the best results. Improving skills and VET is not an end in itself - it needs to contribute to a country’s overall development and support growth and competitiveness as well as social and territorial cohesion. Foresight on skills policy sets a participatory and future-proofed vision on skills development. This is one of the latest developments in South-Eastern Europe and key lessons learnt will be shared with the international community.

Skills and VET governance
Participants will discuss how multi-level governance can be improved through better sharing of responsibilities and sounder engagement of businesses and civil society. Participants will debate on what constitutes good governance of skills and VET. In this respect, the discussions will focus on how governance can be inclusive, anticipatory and efficient, and achieve external and internal efficiency. Policy implementation will be a central point of reference in this debate.

Monitoring skills and VET policies
Participants will discuss how to support an evidence-based approach to policy making.  This entails the discussion of ex-ante impact assessment and ex-post policy evaluation approaches in the policy cycle. Building up national monitoring systems requires both generation and use of more and better evidence. Therefore the participants will have an opportunity to discuss how to improve capacity in the provision and use of data.


To find out more and keep up to date of current happenings, please visit our Torino Process blog


Type of Event: ETF general event
Place: Torino (Italy)
Date: 06/03/2015
Topic(s): Lifelong learning; Employment; lifelong learning
Organiser: Elena Carrero Perez, Georgios Zisimos, Liia Kaarlop ;
Contacts: Elena Carrero Perez, Georgios Zisimos, Liia Kaarlop;


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