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Tuesday, 12 April 2016 - Strasbourg Revised edition

6.14. Erasmus+ and other tools to foster mobility in vocational education and training (A8-0049/2016 - Ernest Maragall)
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  Andrew Lewer (ECR ), in writing. ‒ British Conservatives opted to abstain on this report due to a mix of positive and negative elements. We broadly welcomed, for example, the rapporteur’s commitment to tackling the gender gap in STEM education through EU supporting programmes (§40); the suggestion that priority should be given to longer-term work experience over short-term equivalents, which reduces administrative burden (§7); and the call to assess the impact of Erasmus+ and other vocational and educational training (VET) mobility programmes, in matching work experience placements with real jobs (§65).

However, other paragraphs propose unnecessary measures likely to create additional costs (§9, 15, 24) and interfere in areas of national competence, for example, secondary education systems (§27) and in how we define and develop VET (§20), which UK Members were unable to support.

With a record number of people in work and youth unemployment reaching near 10-year lows, the UK must remain free to develop its own VET and is best placed to do so. Inflexible, EU-wide definitions of apprenticeships should be avoided, just as exploitation and unfair working practices must continue to be countered if Member States are to develop flexible labour markets that help to provide opportunities for young people.

 
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