Social Agenda Magazine | Number 49 (October 2017)

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Series Details Number 49
Publication Date October 2017
ISSN 1682-7783
EC KE-AF-17-049-EN-N
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Turning vocational education and training into a smart choice


Ahead of the next European Vocational Skills Week (20-24 November), European Commissioner Marianne Thyssen highlights the strategic importance of vocational education, training and skills in addressing today's Europe-wide challenges. In addition to a special feature on skills, a special snapshot presents three options for Europe’s social policy in the run up to 2025 that are open to discussion across Europe. There is a focus on new forms of work too, looking at steps that are being considered to help ensure all workers, including people in new forms of employment, have access to social protection and public employment services and that everybody benefits from proper work contracts. A feature on Greece reviews what the European Social Fund is doing to help the country launch a minimum income scheme.


  • Social policy: Three options for 2025
  • New forms of work: Ensuring effective access to social protection
  • Work contracts: Better conditions for all workers
  • Special feature - Marianne Thyssen - turning vocational education and training into a smart choice
  • Special feature: A second European Vocational Skills Week
  • When qualifications meet skills
  • A skills profiling tool for non-EU nationals
  • European social fund: EU helps Greece launch a social safety net
  • Other voices
  • Interview: A.Crabb, head of Skills and Qualifications, European Commission, Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion department
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