The ETF celebrated its 25th birthday this year supporting activities in its partner countries, undertaking pertinent thematic studies and hosting topical events, not least its conference of the year ‘Skills and Qualifications: Benefits for People’ in November showcasing excellence from the partner countries. It has been a critical year too, in preparing for its future work and the new ETF Strategy 2027.
The European Vocational Skills Week in Helsinki in October gave recognition to two outstanding practices from Egypt and Azerbaijan conferring the ETF Entrepreneurship Award, and provided a perfect venue to bring together the ETF’s friends and partners to toast its achievements.
In addition, the ETF supported the Union for the Mediterranean at a workshop in Turin bringing together a wide range of stakeholders to examine the challenges of future work and skills needs.
Preparation for the new ETF strategic era has been intensifying throughout the year and will continue in 2020. Its focus is delivering on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the EU’s external relations priorities to foster skilled and inclusive societies to promote stability, prosperity and social cohesion in its partner countries.
The European Training Foundation is a European Union agency that helps transition and developing countries harness the potential of their human capital through the reform of education, training and labour market systems, and in the context of the EU’s external relations policy.