Preparing for the upswing: training and qualification during the crisis
The economic crisis has had a profound impact on enterprises throughout Europe. This report examines training initiatives provided or supported by enterprises (external and internal measures) during the recession for their employees (it does not cover training initiatives for the unemployed). The report begins by highlighting the dramatic increase in unemployment rates in EU Member States and Norway between the second quarter of 2008 and the corresponding period in 2010, before discussing the effectiveness of training activities as a tool for dealing with the effects of the recession on enterprises and the available evidence on the extent of training in the workplace during the recession. It describes a range of crisis-related policy measures for supporting training activities and presents successful examples of training measures implemented by enterprises in various Member States. The report concludes by examining the positions and views of social partners on the importance of training during the recession.
The study was compiled on the basis of individual national reports submitted by the EWCO correspondents. The text of each of these national reports is available below. The reports have not been edited or approved by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. The national reports were drawn up in response to a questionnaire and should be read in conjunction with it.