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Education is not just about personal development; education has substantial benefits to not just the individual, but society as whole. Education promotes economic growth, social mobility and social cohesion. It contributes to individual, and therefore societal, welfare and prosperity and contributes to a high-skills economy. Often, further education and training (FET), training in skills and teaching of knowledge related to a specific trade, occupation or vocation, is perceived as a less attractive option compared to higher education, but FET is very important to Europe both now and the future.
The Importance of Further Education and Training below provides an insight into the benefits of a robust FET sector while the other pages in this section provide a bibliography of sources examined during the writing of that document.