Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Acting Head of Unit C5, Vocational training and adult education
The New Skills Agenda and the development of key competences
Europe's social market economy, combining economic and social development depends to a large extent on the skills and competences of its population. Skills drive innovation, competitiveness and employability. The European Commission is fully dedicated to addressing the challenges ahead in realizing lifelong learning and competence development. The New Skills Agenda, supporting the Commission's priority on "A New Boost for Jobs, Growth and Investment", aims at promoting the development of skills and competences at all levels of education and training. Building on the experience of implementing the 2010 Bruges Communiqué, the Riga conclusions adopted at the Ministerial meeting in Riga on 22 June 2015, defined a set of five medium-term deliverables for the period 2015-2020. These include a new focus on the promotion of work-based learning, quality assurance mechanisms, access to vocational education and training in a LLL perspective, training and professional development of teachers, trainers and mentors, and further strengthening of the key competencies by initial and continuing vocational education and training. In this keynote a review will be given of the initiatives of the European Commission on the New Skills Agenda, and in particular on the development of key competences for the 21st century.