ETF project seeks to develop common qualifications across the Mediterranean

A European Training Foundation (ETF) project on qualifications in the Mediterranean is adopting a new approach to the problem of inconsistency of qualifications across the region. It aims to develop qualifications that will be valid in Egypt, France, Italy, Jordan, Morocco, Spain and Tunisia.

“This will enhance the mobility of the people in the region and will allow companies in these sectors to recruit skilled people easier,” said Jean-Marc Castejon, the ETF’s project team leader.
A press release said the project aims to create frameworks for four most common jobs in two key industries: waiter and receptionist in tourism, and bricklayer and site supervisor in construction.
The idea is first to make qualifications transparent, then to facilitate their convergence, before ultimately setting up common qualifications in the seven countries. The ETF works directly with employers to define the problems and develop new qualifications that could help solve them.
Eva Jimeno, Head of Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Unit at ETF, underlined that the project fits well with the European Commission’s newly released package of measures to better manage migration flows from the Southern Mediterranean region. 
The European Training Foundation is an agency of the European Union established to contribute to the development of the education and training systems of the EU partner countries. With an annual budget of €18 million, its 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. (ENPI Info Centre)
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