The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is huge. Combined with the digital and green transitions, industry will undergo fundamental transformations. Last month, the Updated Industrial Strategy for Europe made clear that the pathways to the recovery are forcing governments and businesses to adapt the skills of the workforce to cope with a fast changing labour market.
New technologies are transforming the way people work and acquire new skills. They offer a great potential for the development of smart services as well as new and better jobs. In this context, there is a strong need to foster skills acquisition and promote the right to training for all. It is also crucial to launch large-scale demand-led upskilling and reskilling initiatives. Launched under the European Skills Agenda on 10 November 2020, the Pact for Skills is aiming at mobilising all stakeholders - industry, social partners, education and training providers, public authorities at all levels and the workers themselves - to take decisive action.
- Updating of skills | Industrial policy
- European Commission
This event will focus on the upskilling and reskilling challenges that the EU is facing, present good practice cases, scenarios and recommendations for creating new training and jobs opportunities. New innovative and just-in-time training offers need to offer attractive solutions to the workforce. Active industrial and labour market policies, lifelong learning, increased public and private investment, individual learning accounts, micro-credentials, demand side incentives, sectoral and regional brokerage and foresight platforms, as well as demand and supply matching tools are examples of how to move forward and ensure nobody is left behind.