The European Commission (EC) is working together with member states to develop the concept of ‘core competences’, which consists of the knowledge, skills and attitudes that help people to develop themselves, enhance the employability and make them capable of participating in society. These encompass the ‘traditional’ competences such as mother tongue, foreign languages, basic competences in math and science, and digital competence, but also the more ‘transversal’ skills such as learning to learn, social and societal competences, taking initiative and entrepreneurship, cultural awareness and cultural expression.
In addition the EC clearly made a connection between skills and jobs. It is of great importance that people possess the right skills with the purpose of increasing employment, technological and social innovation, economic growth and a greater competitiveness in the European Union
Mededeling: Improving Competences for the 21st Century: An Agenda for European Cooperation on Schools
Mededeling: An Agenda for new skills and jobs