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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  • cg

    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...

  • Ongoing
    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 labour...

  • Digital and online learning

    In a globalised and fast-evolving world, digital technologies are having an unprecedented impact on education and training systems, providing new ways to teach and learn and increasing the need to...

  • tw

    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...

  • Thumbnail

    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...

  • a woman holding a tablet surrounded by solar panels

    The transition to a greener and cleaner world is an enormous challenge and a pressing priority – for all. To get there, green skills are required – the skills people need to work in occupations that...

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    What is the CNL initiative?

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

  • Qualifications

    Qualifications and qualification systems 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...

  • quality VET

    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...

  • Skills and migration

    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
    What is Skills Lab?

    Launched in 2020, Skills Lab is an ETF initiative that promotes regular and in-depth analysis on changing skills demand in our partner countries. Together with national...

  • engineering students in a lab, fixing a 3D printer

    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)...

  • Supporting education reforms and skills in the Eastern Partnership region

    ‘Supporting education reforms and skills in the Eastern Partnership region’ – the EaP Education Programme – is the first European Union’s regional programme focusing on education in the Eastern...

  • Network for excellence

    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...