Investing in education, skills and lifelong learning by developing education and training infrastructure

10.1 Reducing early school-leaving and promoting equal access to good-quality early-childhood, primary and secondary education

  • Targeted support for implementing evidence-based, comprehensive and consistent policies to reduce early school leaving encompassing prevention,
  • Capacity building of teachers, trainers, school leaders and staff, introduction of quality assurance and monitoring systems, development of educational content,
  • Addressing obstacles in access faced by children from disadvantaged families, in particular during the very first years of early-childhood
  • Support learning schemes which aim to assist children and young people with learning disabilities in order to allow their integration in the mainstream educational system
  • Support the transition from specialised schools for disabled persons to mainstream schools.

10.2 Improving the quality, efficiency and openness of tertiary and equivalent education with a view to increasing participation and attainment levels

  • Targeted support for individual students, especially from under-represented and vulnerable groups to participate in tertiary education and opening up higher education to non-traditional learners, and support for adult learners
  • Investment in the development of new teaching methods and the development and deployment of innovative technologies
  • Support for enhancing the relevance of higher education programmes to labour market needs, including through fostering problem-solving, creativity and the development of entrepreneurial skills
  • Developing and reinforcing partnerships between higher education, business and research sector.

10.3 Enhancing access to lifelong learning, upgrading the skills and competences of the workforce and increasing the labour market relevance of education and training systems

  • Implementing life-long learning strategies for the workforce, in cooperation with the social partners
  • Adapting vocational education and training (VET) systems to labour market demands
  • Promoting quality assurance systems in vocational education and training in line with the recommendation on European Quality Assurance Reference Framework
  • Flexible pathways between sectors of education and training and between education and work
  • Support for a mobility period abroad for graduates and people on the labour market, including those from disadvantaged groups to acquire new skills and competences
  • Improving initial and continuing training for teaching and other staff involved in education and training services;
  • Promoting the attractiveness and excellence of vocational education and training
  • Promoting partnerships/networks between social partners, enterprises, education and training institutions/providers in order to improve the transfer of information on labour market needs
  • Support for upgrading the basic skills and key competences of the adult population
  • Support the development of adult learning systems responding to high quality standards