lines of action for target groups to create jobs in the economy are important
issues for R&D in VET and HRD. One of these lines is Training, which
is identified as a central theme in the sectoral negotiations in 2007-2008.
Furthermore, the social partners are urging officials responsible for education
policy to deploy all means and resources that enable young people to finish
their studies with qualifications. In the framework of training, lifelong
learning strategies are playing a strategic role. Belgium will promote
lifelong learning through improving the quality and efficiency of education
and training systems, in order to equip all individuals with the skills
required for a modern workforce in a knowledge-based society, to permit
their career development and to reduce skills mismatch and bottlenecks
or professions for chance groups in the labour market.
studies have exposed obstacles to the Belgian innovation system. The social
partners share this analysis. The aim of several projects is to combat
these obstacles. Although, as the social partners note, there is no mention
of modernising the labour market. On the Flemish side, the research project
“Innovation And Labour (Market)" will develop points of interest for an
innovation oriented labour market policy.
the fact that three quarters of investments from companies have the destination
for training and development, there is a demand for several sectors in
Belgium is to diminish the gap between secondary education skills and skills
needed for the labour market. The ministers of education are preparing
new restructuring measures to reduce this gap.