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Future of work

Skills, occupations, and employment are changing in response to globalisation, demographic changes, digital and climate transitions, and diminishing natural resources. These changes have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Technology and innovation is also transforming the skills needs at sectorial level.

Upskilling and reskilling within a life-wide and lifelong learning perspective are needed to address labour markets concerns, especially youth and female unemployment and inequality. Education and learning systems must adapt accordingly and incorporate new learning methods and technologies to address the socio-economic challenges and create opportunities.

Key EU policy documents and approaches informing ETF activities in partner countries include: EU Skills Agenda, Green Deal, European Pillar of Social Rights, Digital Education Action Plan, Charter of Fundamental Rights, Gender Action Plan.

The ETF’s contribution to international debate concerns building thorough and comparable evidence across countries to benefit individuals and institutions primarily on labour and skills demand. The ETF also works at building partnerships for international cooperation with multiple partners: international organisations, national authorities, research community, digital platforms, social partners, civil society and many others.

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