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NORRAG-UNDP workshop Post-2015 Politics and Foresight: what room for education? Shawn Mendes Peter Greenwood Geneva, 1 June 2012. What is the ETF?.

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What is the etf
NORRAG-UNDP workshopPost-2015 Politics and Foresight: what room for education?Shawn MendesPeter GreenwoodGeneva, 1 June 2012

What is the etf

Whatis the ETF?

An EU agency with 130 staff and a mandate to help 31 partner countries harness the potential of their human capital through reform of education, training and labour market systems in the context of the EU’s external relations policies.

VisionTo make VET in the partner countries a driver for lifelong learning and sustainable development, with a focus on competitiveness and social cohesion.

The ETF has both an analytical and a developmental role.

Etf partner countries


Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republicof Moldova, Ukraine and Russia



Croatia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Montenegro, and Turkey

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan



Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo(UNSCR 1244/1999), and Serbia

Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, occupied Palestinian Territory, Syria and Tunisia + (Libya)


What is the etf

How the ETF identifies the challenges

  • We are here to identify challenges facing E&T and explore responses in the midst of unemployment, financial and debt problems . . . at the very time developed countries enter decades of demographic problems (demographic re-balancing?).

  • Growing international interest in skills and VET. The EU has been a driver in this, but increasingly also the ILO, OECD, UNESCO, World Bank and other actors such as the G20.

  • A challenge given the complexity of VET and the limited availability of international indicators for vocational education and training.

What is the etf

Inspired by Torino Process, the ETF focuses on…

VET system development and provision: 1) Qualifications and quality;2) Regional development and governance;3) Sustainable development; and 4) Learning in different contexts.

LM needs: 1) Matching and anticipation; 2) Employment and employability; 3) Social inclusion; and 4) Migration and skills.

Enterprises and entrepreneurshiplearning.

What is the etf

The ETF movingforward

  • Structure of ETF support to partner countries:

  • Policy analysis (TRP/evidence-based policy making).

  • Capacity building and networking (Torinet).

  • Dissemination of good practice.

  • Support for the EC – aligning policy support with investment.

  • The vision involves a continuous focus on policy learning:

  • Ownership.

  • Participatory process.

  • Holistic policy framework.

  • Evidence based – indicators.

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