Theme 1.03 Education and lifelong learning
These statistics include the production of statistical information on education and lifelong learning via specific data sources on education and training systems, vocational training in enterprises and adult learning. This information is complemented with relevant information coming from other ESS sources which are not specific for education covering areas like human capital, education and social inclusion or transition from school to working life.
Indicators produced are used in benchmarking exercises like the structural indicators, the follow-up of the report on the concrete future objectives of the education and training systems (Education and Training 2010), the European Employment Strategy, benchmarking the European Research Area, the social agenda and sustainable development.
2. Work Programme for 2009
2.1 Key priorities 2009
The main priorities are the improvement of the production processes and the quality of data - including relevance, comparability, coherence, cost-effectiveness and timeliness of statistics and indicators - disseminated on education, training and lifelong learning. The EP and Council Regulation on education and lifelong learning statistics contributes to this objective and its implementing follow-up should be ensured. Data from the surveys on education and training from enterprises (Continuing Vocational Training Survey, CVTS, 3rd wave) as well as the Adult Education Survey (pilot) will be finalised and the detailed analysis and publication should be finalised during 2009. Work on CVTS4 as well as the next Adult Education Survey (AES under study for inclusion in new EHS project, CVTS4 to be implemented in 2011) will start in 2009, based on an evaluation of their last implementation. A Commission Regulation on the AES is foreseen. The improvement of data and metadata disseminated through the NewCronos database remains a permanent objective. A special report will be produced in order to answer the demand from the ministerial conference on the follow up of the Bologna process, on its social dimension. The Commission Communication (COM(2007) 61 final) on a coherent framework of indicators and benchmarks for monitoring progress towards the Lisbon objectives in education and training is an input for consolidating Eurostat sources on education statistics (Council conclusion of May 2007). For that, a major task will be the continued improvement of the statistical infrastructure needed for providing comparable education and training data used in benchmarking processes. Co-operation with international organisations and with EU specialised agencies will be rationalised and improved in areas of common interest.
2.2 Objectives 2009
2.3. Actions that will simplify work or reduce the burden on Member States and/or respondents
3. Statistical work carried out by other DGs
COM(2007) 61 and the following Council conclusions include a list of 16 indicators of which 10 would come from the Eruopean Statistical System (ESS). Some of the remaining indicators will create new demands for surveys outside the ESS. These new surveys relate to civic skills, adult skills, teacher training, learning-to-learn skills and language skills. Some of these are conducted in co-operation between the Commission and principally the OECD (adult skills, teacher training); others are being set up by the Commission (DG EAC) like for example the language skills survey (see COM(2007)184.