What we do

The European Training Foundation (ETF) is an agency of the European Union (EU) helping EU neighbouring countries to reform their education and training systems as part of EU external relations policies. By supporting human capital development, the ETF contributes to social and economic development and long-term stability in neighbouring countries. The ETF is based in Turin, Italy.

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  • quality VET
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    The ETF's approach to promoting quality assurance in vocational education and training (VET) is based on a conceptual framework focusing on five key areas: policy and governance; qualification...

  • cg
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    The ETF works with EU neighbouring and Central Asian countries to further develop national career development support systems following a structured and systematic approach. In 2022, the ETF reviewed...

  • Continuing training
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    Continuing vocational education and training and adult learning allows people to learn and develop skills within a lifelong perspective to promote their well-being, employability, and contribution to...

  • Learning
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    What is the Creating New Learning (CNL) initiative?

    CNL is a multi-annual, multi-thematic initiative that aims to encourage the development, implementation and dissemination of innovative teaching...

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    Education and training in Central Asia: A new era?

    DARYA is the European Union’s first-ever regional project supporting young people in Central Asia through measures fostering inclusion and...

  • Digital and online learning
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    The ETF supports policymakers in the partner countries to design and implement digital skills and learning strategies to modernise vocational education and training systems to meet today's challenges...

  • el
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    ETF considers entrepreneurship as more than running a business. It’s about creating value across society, including generating good jobs and building stronger economies. Following guidelines from the...

  • Financing vocational training
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    Financing is an essential element of good governance. The ETF has developed innovative concepts and tools to support partner countries in moving from a technical view, focused on monetary and...

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    The ETF focuses on public-private-civic cooperation in governance, particularly the capacity and role of social partners at the various governance levels; putting human capacity development at the...

  • Vocational teaching and learning
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    Teachers and trainers are the past, present and future of vocational education and training. The ETF works with policymakers, practitioners and stakeholders to support and inspire effective teaching...

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    Going global with the ETF’s Network for Excellence?

    In November 2021, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion and the European Training Foundation...

  • Qualifications
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    Qualifications are essential to individuals, the economy and society. They signal the knowledge and skills that people possess, which allows them to obtain a job or pursue a career, access education...

  • Skills and migration
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    The ETF works on the skills dimensions of migration to help citizens in its partner countries improve their employability in a global world.

    What are our key areas of work?
    • Migrants’ learning...
  • Skills Lab
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    What is Skills Lab?

    Skills Lab is a new initiative of the ETF launched in 2020 to promote regular and in-depth analysis on changing skills demand in our partner countries. Together with national...

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    The ETF’s initiative Skills for Enterprise Development (S4E) focuses on providing high-quality support in linking vocational education and training (VET) and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)...

  • Skills for the Future event.
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    The ETF supports key stakeholders in our partner countries (governments, businesses, social partners, civil society, research institutions, communities and education and training providers) to work...

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    The ETF supports partner countries in skills intelligence gathering and analysis to support human capital development and the response of vocational education and training systems to labour market and...

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    Our activities are devised and delivered in the context of EU policies. Our work helps to strengthen relations between the EU and neighbourhood countries, and we contribute to improving the relevance...

  • inclusion
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    The ETF supports social inclusion as an important transversal issue within all its activities, through reinforced collaboration and knowledge sharing.

    Technological change, the greening of...

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    Torino Process 2022–24

    What is the Torino Process?

    The Torino Process is a periodical review of policies and practices in vocational education and training (VET) in support of learners and their...

  • tw
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    Young graduates and early school leavers face significant challenges in their transition from education and training to the labour market. Not only are they less likely to have gained much work...

  • Network for excellence
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    What are the centres of vocational excellence? 

    Centres of excellence in vocational education and training are vocational institutions recognised for excellence in identifying and imparting...

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    Work-based learning in vocational education is an increasing priority among the ETF partner countries, as in the European Union, to improve skills and employability, and enhance economic...