Matching workers’ skills with the demands of employers is seen as crucial to boosting employment rates, restoring growth and tackle looming labour shortages in sectors like health care, science and the green economy.
Mind the ga p – “The ‘Europe 2020’ strategy, signed off by EU leaders in 2010, includes a target to increase the employment rate across all member states from its current level of around 69% to 75% by 2020.
Achieving this target, which applies for both women and men between 20 and 64 years of age, will mean reducing the number of unemployed people in the EU from around 23 million (9.5% of the workforce) at the start of 2011 to less than 12 million (5% of the workforce) in 2020.
‘An Agenda for New Skills and Jobs’ is the name of a plan which sets out a series of 13 actions that the European Commission said it will take in order to support the efforts of member states to reduce unemployment.”
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