Developing people's skills and competencies - as part of the investment in the capital of human resources - is essential in improving quality of work and employment. Researchindicates that policies aimed at enhancing workers' skills contribute to an improvement in employment performance.
New forms of work organisation, changes in the nature of work and new technologies require new and higher levels of qualification. These include social relations and communication skills as well as occupational skills. Employment and guidance counselling is also increasingly necessary.
Lifelong learning is a vital element in employment strategies. However, it will take major efforts to achieve the 2010 reference level of 12.5% of the adult working age population participating in lifelong learning, as adopted by the European Council on 5 May 2003 and laid down in the 2003 Employment Guidelines.
- European working conditions surveys
The surveys consider training, skills development and new technologies in the workplace
- Case studies: Attractive workplaces - Innovative company strategies for growth and jobs
Human resources development in companies is a key tool in dealing with technological and organisational changes and increasing competitiveness
- Annual review of working conditions 2008-2009
See section on lifelong learning in chapter 3 - Flexicurity
- Quality in work and employment
See section on Skills development
EWCO report: Low-qualified workers in Europe