Brussels, 6 June 2018

Social Mobility – how can we increase opportunities through training and education?

In the context of our work in the sectors of Education, Training and Youth, EuAbout Lab attended the event organised by the European Movement International, ACCA, PwC, and and the European Youth Forum. The debate at the European Parliament, hosted by the MEP Martina Dlabajova, focused on how improving training and education to foster upward social mobility. 

recent study from Eurofound has identified that EU citizens are increasingly concerned about the fewer opportunities of upward social mobility compared to the older generation. The reasons behind this trend have been indentified among societal and cultural obstacles, such as the familiy's economic background, the type of schools and universities attended and the quality of the first professional experiences.

Then, it is vital to open up access to new and equal opportunities in terms of education, training and skills, to build healthy and prosperous economies where people of all backgrounds are able to flourish. But for that, people need to be equipped with the right skills with collaboration between policy makers, stakeholders and business is critical in order for improvements in social mobility.

The debate showed aslo how the EU is addressing the issues of access to training and fight inequality from different fronts: the Skills Agenda and the launch of the European Commission European Pillar of Social Rights.

The new Skills Agenda for Europe, adopted by the Commission on 2016, launched 10 actions to make the right training, skills and support available to people in the EU. On the other hand, the European Pillar of Social Rights presented on 2017, concerns the delivering of new and more effective rights for citizens. It builds upon 20 key principles, structured around three categories:

  • Equal opportunities and access to the labour market

  • Fair working conditions

  • Social protection and inclusion