19 Jul 2016

A New Skills Agenda for Europe

Working Together to Strengthen Human Capital, Employability and Competitiveness

The New Skills Agenda is a major initiative as part of the European Commission Work Programme 2016. It supports a shared commitment and works towards a common vision about the strategic importance of skills for sustaining jobs, growth and competitiveness. This Skills Agenda strengthens and, in some cases, streamlines existing initiatives to better assist Member States in their national reforms as well as to trigger a change of mindset in both individuals and organisations. It seeks a shared commitment to reform in a number of areas where Union action brings most added value. It is centred around three key work strands:

  1. Improving the quality and relevance of skills formation
  2. Making skills and qualifications more visible and comparable
  3. Improving skills intelligence and information for better career choices

Key Statistics at European Level


Higher Education

Basic Skills

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Digital Skills


Work Based Learning