Individual Learning Accounts – public consultation

Article published in Voice of the Workers Weekly – 10.06.2021

The twin digital and green transitions and the disruptions induced by COVID-19 bring about significant structural changes on labour markets and will fundamentally change the skills requirements of many jobs. This increases the importance of building skills throughout life to bridge skills gaps, support labour market transitions and foster social inclusion.

At the same time, an increasing share of individuals (e.g. workers in atypical forms of work such as part time, temporary and platform workers and the self- employed) are at risk of not receiving sufficient support for training from an employer.

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on individual learning accounts, open until July 16, 2021.

Individual learning accounts are personal accounts in which training entitlements can be accumulated and spent on quality-assured training, guidance or validation services. They are one way of providing individuals with training entitlements.

Related schemes that provide individuals with training entitlements without involving personal accounts also exist for public and private employees.

Feedback is invited on the problem definition, need for EU action and policy objectives, policy options and expected impacts.

Public consultation on individual learning accounts – click here.

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