Handling change with care: European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP) introduces the policy brief on skills in the care sector

In civilised societies, the fundamental principle of caring for those in need forms a cornerstone of our values. The goal of delivering accessible and high-quality care to all European citizens, as outlined in the European Pillar of Social Rights, remains a substantial challenge in the decades ahead.

As our population ages, the demand for caregivers for the elderly will rise significantly. Similarly, the growing participation of women in the labour market necessitates more child care services. This challenge is even more acute in nations where emigration reduces the pool of available caregivers or potential care workers.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) will play a pivotal role in equipping individuals with the necessary care skills that will be in high demand in the future. This pertains not only to young people but also, notably, to adults seeking professional development.

The following observations and recommendations shall be addressed by policymakers to this pressing issue:

  1. Acknowledge the growing demand for care services due to aging populations and increased female workforce participation.
  2. Recognize the impact of emigration on the availability of caregivers and care workers.
  3. Emphasize the role of Vocational Education and Training in preparing individuals for careers in the care sector.
  4. Focus on upskilling and reskilling adults, who will play a vital role in meeting the future care workforce needs.

Efforts in these areas will be essential to ensure that affordable and quality care is accessible to all who require it in the years to come.

Read more in the document provided here.