In November the Commissioner for Jobs & Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, and the Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, have officially launched the Pact for Skills, a central element of the European Skills Agenda.
Skills are central to recover from the current crisis and to achieve the digital and green transitions. Yet, mismatches and shortages in skills are increasing, while many people are at risk of unemployment.
The COVID-19 pandemic puts enormous pressure on all sectors, exacerbating pre-existing difficulties such as the shortage of skills, obvious in the social services sector. There is a need for cooperation to meet Europe's skills needs.
The EC Pact for Skills aims to promote joint action to maximise the impact of investing in improving existing skills (upskilling) and training in new skills (reskilling). This initiative under the European Skills Agenda, calls on industry, employers, social partners and other stakeholders to work together and make a clear commitment to invest in training for all working age people across the EU Member States. The Pact meets the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights and supports the EC goals of the Green Deal and the digital transformation.
All members of the Skills Pact signed up to a Charter, outlining a shared vision on quality trainings.
The Charter has four key principles:
- Promoting a culture of lifelong learning for all
- Building strong skills partnerships
- Monitoring skills supply/ demand and anticipating skills needs
- Working against discrimination and for gender equality and equal opportunities
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