BRIDGE+: A Digital Multi-actor Approach to Skills-based Guidance in 4 EU regions

Wed 9, October 2019
14:30 - 16:00 CET


Changes in society, technology and the economy are accelerating. The gap between acquired skills and sought-after ones is increasing in the context of Industry 4.0. According to Cedefop’s skills forecast (2018), flexible ways of work will be essential in a future marked by job polarisation. And, in this sense, Cedefop’s data shows that about four out of five job openings will relate to high-skilled occupations by 2030. As reported by OECD (2017), differences in skills mismatch are associated with differences in the policy environment, and lower mismatch is associated with higher participation in lifelong learning as well as better managerial quality.

This workshop will look into guidance as key step for bridging skills mismatches with the help of ICT tools in Baden-Württemberg, the Basque Country, Jämtland-Härjedalen, and Styria, in the framework of the BRIDGE+ project (EU-funded). The main goal of the project is to tackle skills mismatches between demands of the world of work and competences of employees or candidates. With the help of ICT tools, relevant skills and competences shall be made visible in the two directions of companies and individuals, and be accessible for career guidance officers. The current actions towards bridging the skills gap will be crucial for the future of work and this is why the voice of all stakeholders is more relevant than ever to help citizens cross the bridge.

The BRIDGE+ workshop will serve as an open window for both stakeholders to look into BRIDGE+ and bring their inputs, and project partners (including regions) to get a better view of the state-of-art in different sectors and showcase their achievements so far. An open panel with questions will be the central axe of the session, and therefore an active participation from all the attendants is expected.


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Rolf Ackermann, Referee, Baden-Württemberg Ministry for Culture, Youth and Sport, Germany.
Victor Arias, Area director - Internationalisation within the scope of Vocational Training, TKNIKA - Basque Centre of Research and Applied Innovation in VET, Spain.
Andrea Bernert-Bürkle, Project Manager, Volkshochschulverband Baden-Württemberg e. V., Germany.
Noelia Cantero, Business Manager, EARLALL - European Association of Regional & Local Authorities for Lifelong Learning, Belgium.
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Baden Württemberg Region, EARLALL - European Association of Regional and Local Authorities for Lifelong Learning
English (EN)

Session summary

The workshop presented the project’s work so far in using new technologies to support guidance and skills matching at regional level. A digitalisation strategy, an alliance for vocational training and a lifelong learning pact were introduced as key pillars of Baden-Württemberg’s work towards regional development through skills by Rolf Ackermann (from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Baden-Württemberg). These policy actions are being implemented by means of projects such as Wirtschaft digital, Digitalakademie@bw, Digital Hubs, Lernfabriken 4.0, Digitaler Weiterbildungscampus, basic skills initiatives, and Upskillig4all.

In this context, Baden-Württemberg’s objective for the BRIDGE+ project remains to link more relevant and a larger number of actors to existing initiatives: career guidance institutions, adult education providers, companies (and, more specifically, SMEs). Furthermore, stronger cooperation between the ministries for Education and Economy within the region together with municipalities is a key action to be fulfilled.

After Baden-Württemberg’s presentation, Víctor Arias (director of internationalisation at TKNIKA – Basque Centre of Research and Applied Innovation in VET) introduced the Basque Country’s skills anticipation strategy. He explained it by means of three branches: a) services to society, b) qualitative services and c) sustainable services. Need anticipation was deemed key for skills anticipation, taking into account that speed, flexibility, versatility and transversality are fundamental aspects for competitiveness.

In conclusion, Noelia Cantero (EARLALL Business Manager) referred to René Magritte’s words: “A thing which is present can be invisible, hidden by what it shows.” We have to look into those “invisible” skills that are already there!

Take away message

  • We have to look into those “invisible” skills that are already there.