On November 10th, 2020, European Commissioners Nicola Schmidt and Thierry Breton formally launched the Pact for Skills, a central element of the European Skills Program. Skills are essential for our recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and for the mastering the digital and green transition. Businesses, large and small, need skilled people for innovation and growth. However, discrepancy and skills shortages are increasing, while large number of people are at risk of unemployment. Only by joining forces with all partners we can make significant progress in meeting Europe’s skills needs.
The Pact for Skills encourages joint action to increase the impact of investments in improving existing skills (upgrading skills) and training in new skills (retraining). It calls on industry, employers, social partners, chambers of commerce, public authorities, education and training providers and employment agencies to work together and make a clear commitment to invest in training for all people of working age across the Union.
The Pact for Skills builds on other EU cooperation initiatives such as:
– Sector Skills Cooperation Plan
– The renewed European Alliance for Apprenticeships
– Coalition for Digital Skills and Jobs
Link to the official page of the Pact for Skills here