European Week of Regions and Cities
7-10 OCTOBER 2019 Brussels

Building regional skills ecosystems

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Thu 10, October 2019
09:15 - 10:45
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Education and training in European territories with a lifelong learning perspective is essential to foster regional development. Therefore, building and reinforcing sustainable skills ecosystems rises as a key action to tackle these challenges and transform them into opportunities that promote social cohesion, human well-being and economic growth, in line with the EU Pillar of Social Rights and SDGs. This workshop will gather skills international experts from the EU and OECD, and regional representatives who will present their insights and best practices to set up regional skills ecosystems.

Recent interest in skills ecosystems and initiatives associated with their reform represent the latest manifestation of a long-standing tradition of skills analysis recognising the importance of the context in which skills are developed and used. Linking skills policy and programmes with other efforts to support innovation and growth in regions and enterprises is necessary to make sure that skills drive workplace innovation. In this sense, because of their easier accessibility by citizens and their geographical nature, regions are in a privileged position to develop strong learning environments that allow learning to be undertaken at any time and in any place, quickly and tailored to the needs of the individual, with validation and quality as main challenges ahead (EC, European Education and Training Expert Panel 'Issue Paper on Technological Change and the Future of Work,' draft version, 2019). Future skills ecosystems need to be built on multi-stakeholder engagement, taking into account all actors of the quadruple helix model (authorities, education providers, businesses, and individuals).

Rolf Ackermann, Jonathan Barr, Miroslav Huđek, Kathrin Jakobsen, Rikardo Lamadrid, José Martínez Evaristo, Joao Santos, Tangi de Rochefort
The Future of the EU and the roles of the Regions and Cities
Baden Württemberg Region, Basque Country, Brittany, Hordaland County Council, Principality of Asturias, Varaždinska županija
Building CoR - VMA building, Room VMA 1.
Address: Rue Van Maerlant, 1040 Brussels

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