The European Training Foundation

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Birgit Zenker/ETF | 19.08.2014 | Information - Institutions
eftEFT is a decentralised agency of the European Union based in Turin, Italy. It was established in 1994 to contribute to the development of the education, training and labour market systems in EU neighbouring  countries. ETF is currently working with 30 partner countries.

Our mission

Our Mission is to help transition and developing countries to harness the potential of their human capital through the reform of education, training and labour market systems in the context of the EU's external relations policy. We base our work on the conviction that human capital development in a lifelong learning perspective can make a fundamental contribution to increasing prosperity, creating sustainable growth and encouraging social inclusion in transition and developing countries. We recruit and deploy experts from multiple disciplines to handle complex and multidimensional topics in a team environment, in order to create new knowledge, insight and solutions.

Our activities

Our activities are structured around a series of projects that take place in the partner countries to facilitate the reform of vocational education and training and employment systems. All activities we carry out aim at providing services to the European Commission, our partner countries and the EU Member States.

Service to the partner countries

We support our partner countries by providing opportunities for policy learning on reform strategies to policy makers and key stakeholders in the countries. We provide advice on vocational education and training policy and innovative approaches in EU and relevant good practice from other partner countries. We seek to enable policy makers to integrate their reform efforts within the overall support framework provided by the EU.

The thematic areas

Here an overview on the thematic areas which can be defined as the key factors in ETF’ strategy:

Lifelong learning, Skills dimension of migration and mobility, Entrepreneurial learning and enterprise skills, Employment and Employability, Qualifications and qualifications systems, Learning and teaching, Quality assurance, Governance.

The ETF continuously develops its thematic expertise. Innovation and learning combined with knowledge management are keys to ensuring that we sustain and strengthen our abilities. To see the projects and to obtain more information about ETF, please visit us


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