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European Training Foundation

The European Training Foundation (ETF) helps its partner countries modernise their education and training systems to give their people the knowledge, skills and other competences needed in dynamic economies and societies. We regard education and training as part of one, complete learning system.

We work with the countries neighbouring the EU in the context of its various external cooperation programmes:

  • the enlargement process (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Kosovo, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey)
  • European neighbourhood policy (Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Ukraine and Palestine)
  • EU/Russia partnership
  • countries in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan).

We work on projects in a wide range of areas, including:

  • lifelong learning
  • employability and competitiveness
  • teacher training
  • quality assurance
  • equal access for women and minority groups
  • qualification frameworks
  • entrepreneurial learning
  • skills for poverty reduction
  • technology in learning
  • governance and transparency
  • skills profiles of migrants

In this context, we:

  • provide information, advice and help to the EU in developing human resources policies in partner countries
  • support relevant stakeholders in partner countries to build capacity in human resources development
  • help deliver EU assistance to stakeholders in partner countries
  • encourage networking and sharing information, experience and good practice – both between the EU and partner countries, and among partner countries.

As an international centre of expertise, we work with relevant stakeholder groups to promote and facilitate cooperation, knowledge development and exchanges of experience in our field.  These include:

  • policy makers, practitioners and donors in the EU, its member countries and partner countries
  • European and international institutions such as bilateral donor organisations in EU countries, the World Bank, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation Development (OECD) and United Nations organisations.

Creation: 1994

Direction: Madlen Serban