Nevertheless, several researches (e.g. from the OECD) clearly showed that Lifelong Learning strategies often do not reach the group of low-skilled people, threatened with exclusion that is most in need of further learning and developing . If European countries want to remain inclusive and competitive at the same time, we need to find ways to offer more tailor made and flexible programs in order to make participation more attractive and feasible. Lifelong Learning (encompassing quality VET and adult learning) is a necessity and a shared responsibility of employers, employees, providers and governments and therefore a crucial topic for the European Social Partners in Education: the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE, of which the MBO Raad is a member) and the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE). There are no ‘one size fits all’ solutions, but some countries are clearly performing better than others. By exchanging good practices in line with the needs of all partners, whilst learning from their strong point, the project aims to find strategies on how social partners in education (and training) can promote ‘Lifelong Learning for all’ by making vocational education and training (VET) more attractive and accessible for young people threatened with exclusion and to enlarge the participation in Lifelong Learning of lower educated adults.
The project aims to contribute to addressing the challenges identified in the White Paper on the Future of Europe on how equip people with the right skills and create more unity within our society in light of tomorrow's society and world of work. The project partners also wish to promote with this project the delivery within Member States on the European Pillar of Social Rights, in particular the principles on “education, training and life-long learning” and “active support to employment”. In order to make these principles a reality the first requirement is to reach these groups that are in vulnerable positions (as low skilled adults, (young) NEETs, long-term unemployed, (newly arrived) migrants etc.) who are at risk of becoming socially excluded and that are in need of further and tailor-made support to find their way in our society by means of effective lifelong-learning strategies (encompassing quality VET and adult learning).
The project aims to actively implement and to promote the current Work Programme of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee in Education (ESSDE). By mapping good practices and fostering peer learning, the project will contribute to the identification and development of a joint approach of the ESSDE partners.