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European Training Foundation (ETF)

European Training Foundation (ETF)


  • Role: The ETF supports human development in neighbouring countries
  • Director: Cesare Onestini
  • Established in: 1994
  • Number of staff: 130
  • Location: Turin (Italy)
  • Website: ETF

In the context of EU external relations, the European Training Foundation (ETF) helps neighbouring countries make the most of their people's abilities and skills by reforming their vocational education and training (VET) and labour market systems.

What it does

The ETF supports human development in 29 partner countries (in south-eastern Europe and Turkey, eastern Europe, the southern and eastern Mediterranean and central Asia). It helps with the design, implementation and evaluation of policies and programmes to:

  • promote social mobility & social inclusion
  • reform education & training systems
  • balance the capabilities of those systems better with labour market demands.

This means the Foundation supports partner countries' efforts to cultivate effective, evidence-based policies that support civic participation and wellbeing, modernise vocational education and training provision, and match that provision to labour market demand, both national and international.

It also supports the delivery of EU assistance to its partner countries through expert input into the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of EU action and support for policy dialogue.

The Foundation's activities are described in our programming document.


The ETF's Governing Board comprises:

It is chaired by one of the 3 European Commission representatives and meets twice a year to discuss and adopt the work programme and annual budget.

The Board appoints the ETF's director for a 5-year period, which may be extended for a further 3 years.

The Foundation employs experts in vocational education and training policies and systems and the labour market, supported by communication and administrative staff.

How it works

Vocational education and training, human development, skills and migration are interlinked. The ETF's work with partner countries cuts across these 7 key areas:

The European Training Foundation cooperates closely with:

Who benefits

Trained and skilled workers who are more likely to find jobs in their home country, making them less prone to social exclusion, poverty and irregular migration.

Partner countries become more prosperous and stable, creating more opportunities for trade and investment.

EU countries have opportunities to recruit qualified workers who come to Europe in a better-regulated way, to fill skills gaps created by changing demography.

Contact details

European Training Foundation(ETF)

Contact details


Villa Gualino

Viale Settimio Severo 65

I-10133 Torino


+39 011 630 22 22
+39 011 630 22 00
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