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How we do it

How we do it

The way ETF works can basically be described through the delivery of outputs relating to the core themes and the following functions:

Function 1 - Input to Commission sector programming and project cycle
Support to the European Commission in the design and deployment of external assistance to the partner countries in the framework of EU external policies and assistance programmes. More specifically, the ETF will provide country, regional and thematic background analyses to feed into EU programming, into IPA/ENP reporting exercises and into regional policy dialogue processes, such as the Eastern Partnership thematic platforms and the Union for the Mediterranean. At the request of relevant EC services, the ETF will provide inputs to the EC project cycle and sector policy support programme preparations.

Function 2 – Support to partner country capacity building
Support to partner countries to further build their capacity in quality policy development, policy in action and policy progress review.  Capacity building includes dissemination of information, networking and exchange of experience and good practice between the EU and partner countries, between partner countries themselves and among different geographical regions will continue to be a priority.

Function 3 - policy analysis
Provision of evidence-based analysis on country or cross-country policy reforms to support informed decision-making on partner country policy responses. This will include development of national capacities for the provision of reliable data collection and analysis. As outlined above, this will include national, regional or sub-regional and thematic analysis.

Function 4 – dissemination and networking
Facilitation of exchanges of information and experience in the international community (agencies, regional platforms and councils, bilateral and international organisations and donors). This includes exchange of information, joint participation in conferences or workshops, development of joint research or analytical work, and peer review exercises.



Topics

    VET system assessment

    Lifelong learning

    Put simply, lifelong learning means that people can – and should have the opportunity to – learn throughout their lives.

    Skills and migration

    Skills and migration

    Increased labour mobility across borders brings the skills issue onto the international agenda so the ETF also focuses on policy actions related to skills and employment of both emigrants and returnees.

    Entrepreneurial learning

    Entrepreneurial learning

    The ETF aims to develop the capacity of partner country institutions and other stakeholders in developing, monitoring and reviewing policies in the areas of entrepreneurial learning and enterprise skills.

    Employment and Employability

    Employment and Employability

    “Employment”: promoting better functioning and inclusive labour markets and vocational education and training systems in ETF partner countries.

    Qualifications Systems

    Qualifications Systems

    The ETF's role in qualifications is to provide expertise for the reform of qualifications systems in partner countries, in their various stages of planning and implementation.

    Learning and teaching in VET

    Learning and teaching in VET

    Teachers are a critical factor in education reforms. The ETF takes therefore the role of schools and teachers seriously throughout its work.

    VET quality assurance

    VET quality assurance

    Quality assurance is provided through the development of methodological instruments to facilitate a structured policy learning process, integrating quality assurance principles, and reinforcing the quality assurance dimension in the Torino Process.

    VET Governance

    People around a table

    Governance modes and models have a high correlation with the overall performance of education and training policies, influencing their strategic formulation and implementation.

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