Ireland East MEP to hold high-level seminar on addressing the skills gap and “rethinking education” in Brussels next week
At present youth unemployment is approaching 23% across the EU, yet at the same time there are over 2 million unfilled jobs available. Addressing the skills gap and the fundamental role education plays in boosting economic growth will be the key issues up for discussion during a high-level seminar on “Rethinking Education” held by Ireland East MEP Liam Aylward in the European Parliament next week.
Speaking ahead of the seminar the Ireland East MEP stated that: “there is an increasing demand for higher skills but at present more than 70 million Europeans have low or no formal qualifications and 13.5% of pupils in the EU have left school early. These disparities must be addressed and this seminar focusing on the European Commission’s proposal “Rethinking education: investing in skills for better socio-economic outcomes” presents us with an opportunity to identify and define achievable goals.”
According to Liam Aylward: “The European Commission’s “Rethinking Education” communication is timely and full of potential, yet in the midst of austerity measures it presents challenges to many EU-countries, who ultimately must decide for themselves how to tackle the performance and skills gaps, structure effective life-long learning and address early school leaving.”
This seminar organised by the Ireland East MEP will bring together Europe’s leading thinkers in the field of education to speak about the possibilities of reform, including Professor Emeritus John Coolahan from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, former member of OECD Review Teams of Education and former Vice- President of the EU Committee on Education.
As a Member of the European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education the Ireland East MEP will be working directly on the parliamentary report on “Rethinking Education” and welcomes contributions from those involved in the education sector.
The seminar will be held in the European Parliament on Thursday 16th May.