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Cedefop call for tenders: Feasibility study for surveying principals, teachers, learners and in-company trainers in initial vocational education and training

09/09/2020
A new call for tenders has been published by Cedefop for a Feasibility study for surveying principals, teachers, learners and in-company trainers in initial vocational education and training.
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Euro area unemployment at 7.4%, EU27 at 6.6% (March 2020)

18/05/2020
In March, a month marked by a wide introduction of containment measures due to COVID-19, unemployment rates both in the euro area and the EU spiked compared to February (7.4%, up from 7.3% and 6.6%, up from 6.5%, accordingly).
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World Travel & Tourism Council warns about the coronavirus impact to tourism sector

24/04/2020
According to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the coronavirus threatens the existence of up to 75 million jobs of Travel & Tourism, translated to sector losses of up to US$2.1 trillion in 2020. 6.4 million of these jobs are located within the EU.
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European Investment Fund and the European Commission launch a new €50 million pilot for the development of skills and education

24/04/2020
A new pilot guarantee facility of €50 million, addressed to individuals and organisations who wish to invest in skills and education is launched by the European Investment Fund (EIF) and the European Commission.
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European Commission launches “SURE” instrument to protect jobs and people at work

22/04/2020
The European Commission launched a coordinated response against the coronavirus effects that threat the European economy, with the temporary “Support mitigating Unemployment Risks in Emergency” (SURE) initiative, aiming to protect affected jobs and workers.
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Up to 24.7 million jobs are at stake due to Covid-19 ILO note suggests

10/04/2020
The global health crisis caused by COVID-19 is rapidly converting to an economic one. International Labor Organization’s (ILO) preliminary assessment note, “COVID-19 and the world of work: Impacts and responses” calls for an “internationally coordinated policy response”, to limit the worldwide-ex...
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“Skills for industry curriculum guidelines 4.0” publication explores Europe’s future education and training for manufacturing

19/03/2020
An outcome of Curriculum Guidelines for Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) and Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) initiative for Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (EASME) and DG GROW of the European Commission “Curriculum Guidelines 4.0: Future-proof education and traini...
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Euro area unemployment at 7.4%, EU27 at 6.6% (January 2020)

18/03/2020
According to Eurostat, unemployment rates in January 2020 haven’t shown significant change, staying at relatively low levels. Both the euro area (EA19) and the EU27 seasonally adjusted averages, at around 7.4% and 6.6% respectively, are well received. Specifically, the EU27’s unemployment rate is...
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EESC ready to team up with European Commission on new pact on migration and asylum

13/03/2020
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) announced that is ready to support the European Commission to address the future of the EU’s migration and asylum policies. Mrs. Luca Jahier’s, EESC president, gave a speech in Brussels on the 3rd of March, sparking the conversation of the subject...
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At the end of November, Eurostat issued its latest newsletter on developments in employment and unemployment levels and trends in EU-28

10/12/2019
In October, the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for the euro area (EA19) was 7.5% (7.6% in September 2019 and 8.0% in October 2018), the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since July 2008. For EU28 unemployment rate remained at the same level as September 2019 (6.3%), down from 6.7% in O...