The Education, Training and Research Trade Council gathers delegates from education trade unions and represents workers ranging from primary schools to universities and adult education. The meetings offer the opportunity for members to share best national practices and discuss possible improvements in the education sphere.
The education sector employs 11% of European workers, workers who are a key element of society’s development. The role of teachers, trainers and researchers has rapidly evolved over the years, while education budgets have tended to be reduced. CESI supports high-level initial training for teachers and the possibility to pursue life-long learning (including through mobility). Recognising the role and competences of teachers is crucial to ensuring high quality teaching in Europe.
Education and training not only sustains economic development but also contributes to building a culturally open society through active and engaged citizens. CESI rejects a narrow-minded, purely utilitarian view of education.
In 2017, the Education Trade Council will focus on addressing migration-related challenges for public schools, achieving better professional training and dual education systems, improving the image of teachers, achieving more moral and material support for the education system and education staff and working for higher youth employment rates (esp. in the context of necessary skills and a facilitated voluntary mobility of apprentices).
CESI voices the need for improved working conditions and an open education system through engagement in the European Education social dialogue committee.
Recent position papers from the Education Trade Council:
- Rethinking Education: Investing in skills for better socio-economic outcomes
- Youth on the Move
- New Skills for New Jobs: anticipating and managing labour market and skills needs
- An updated strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training
Leadership of the Council
Policy Adviser, CESI General Secretariat