Today, the European Social Partners in Education, EFEE (European Federation of Education Employers) and ETUCE (European Trade Union Committee for Education) adopted a Joint Statement on Improving Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Europe. The Statement, adopted by the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in Education (ESSDE) Plenary, commits the Social Partners in Education to contribute to improving the attractiveness and image of VET.

Today on 22 November 2017, the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament organises a public hearing in Brussels, together with the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). Speakers are Luca Visentini, ETUC General Secretary, Susan Flocken, ETUCE European Director, Ramazan Gurbuz, KESK General Secretary (Confederation of Public Employees’ Trade Unions), Remzi Çaliskan, President of Genel-is (Public Services Employees Union of Disk) and Annie van Wezel, Senior policy adviser international affairs at the FNV (Dutch TUC), co-chair of EU-Turkey Joint Consultative Committee of the EESC.

ETUCE is pleased to announce the forthcoming  Public Hearing on “The role of teachers and school heads in improving the status of VET”, organised jointly by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE). On the occasion of the second European Vocational Skills Week, the European Social Partners in Education, EFEE and ETUCE, wish to promote, through this event, the role of the education social partners in improving the quality of VET and apprenticeship systems across Europe.

Following a vibrant interview with Marlis Tepe, GEW President, on the education trade union’s tremendous work in support of colleagues in Turkey, the ETUCE Secretariat addressed its member organisations in Greece, DOE and OLME.

On 17 November 2017, European political leaders met in Gothenburg, Sweden, at the occasion of the Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth. The high-level meeting was intended to mark a historic step towards re-stating the commitment for a real European Social Model, including through the proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights by European leaders. The Pillar, launched by the European Commission in April this year, is a set of twenty guiding principles aiming at reaching equal opportunities and access to the labour market, fair working conditions, and social protection and inclusion to all citizens.

On 14 November 2017, in the framework of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in Education (ESSDE) Capacity Building Project III, ETUCE and EFEE gathered with Italian social partners in education at the occasion of the fourth round table of the project. This meeting, held in Rome, Italy, brought together delegations of Italian education trade unions (UIL Scuola, partner to the project, CISL Scuola, FLC-CGIL) and employers’ organisations (ANINSEI, ENAIP FORMA) representatives.