Glossary

Terminology of European education and training policy

What is the difference between "skill gap", "skill needs" or "skill shortage"? Is "underqualification" a synonym for "undereducation" or "underskilling"? What is the meaning of "green skills"?

This multilingual glossary defines 130 key terms used in European education and training policy. It is an extended and updated version of Terminology of European education and training policy (2008) and Terminology of vocational training policy (2004). It considers new priorities of European union policy, mainly in skills and competence needs analysis.

New definitions have been developed with experts of Cedefop’s "Research and policy analysis" area.

It is our hope that this work will help communication between European education and training stakeholders, especially policy-makers.

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