5. Education and employment to promote social inclusion and cohesion
Main objectives in this area are to promote education, life-long learning and training (including vocational education and training) taking into account diversity and levels of vulnerability as well as to improve the functioning of labour markets, including through triangular cooperation, taking into account the important role of corporate social action. This should lead to easier access to employment, decent, dignified and productive work and job opportunities, in particular for women and young people, as well as for other vulnerable groups, and should contribute to increased social inclusion and cohesion.
a. Establish a regular bi-regional dialogue on education and employment, building upon the results of the II EU-LAC Forum on Social Cohesion
* Cooperation activities and initiatives
b. Support quality and equal access to higher education, life-long learning, vocational education and training and increased regional integration in this domain.
c. Promote mobility of students, teachers, and staff and exchanges between higher education institutions from the EU and LAC countries.
d. Promote technical and vocational education and training systems, including transversal, that respond to the needs of the labour market and national development objectives.
e. Contribute to meeting the educational objectives 2021 as referred in the EU-LAC Ministerial Forum on “Education, Innovation and Social Inclusion”.
f. Implement programmes for fostering formal employment starting with the first job experiences, including through the promotion of entrepreneurship and improving access by young people to social protection mechanisms.
g. Implement programmes to reduce discrimination at work of young people, women and persons with disabilities.
h. Promote bi-regional programmes to exchange experiences and know-how on the labour systems and their link with the system of technical education and training for employment.
i. Increased mobility, academic exchanges and long-lasting partnerships between EU and LAC students/teachers/higher education institutions, taking into account the need to prevent the “brain drain” phenomenon.
j. Strategic reviews on the functioning of contemporary labour market information systems leading to the establishment and implementation of the necessary capacitybuilding plans and the improvement of the relevant statistical services.
k. Emergence of a network of high-quality and inclusive technical and vocational education and training institutions.
l. Improved integration of young workers into decent, dignified and productive jobs. m. School dropout rates reduction and links among basic, vocational and higher education strengthened.
n. Progress towards meeting the Educational Objectives 2021