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European Year of Skills

What the EU is doing for you

The European Year of Skills is the ideal opportunity to learn new skills and make it work – your career, your future, your life - with help from the EU. The right training will help you achieve your ambitions.

Skills for jobs

Skills for Jobs: the first principle of the European Pillar of Social Rights states that everybody in the EU has the right to quality and inclusive education, training and lifelong learning. The updated Skills Agenda delivers on this principle by helping people to develop and widen their skills throughout their life.  

The European Year of Skills has four objectives, which are the priorities for the Year. Throughout the Year, we aim to build on EU actions on skills that are already in place and promote a mindset of up- and reskilling throughout the Member States.

Here you can learn how our EU skills policies and programs already contribute to the objectives of the Year:

Digital skills

Digital skills are essential for people to participate in society, work, and achieve social inclusion. They are also crucial for the EU’s economic growth and competitiveness. In addition, digital jobs offer more autonomy, skills development, job satisfaction, and usually come with better working conditions. Digital skills are a priority of the European Year of Skills Ambitious objectives for the EU have been set in the following strategic policy documents:

Skills for green transition

Green skills are essential to a successful transition towards a green economy and to help facing the challenges and opportunities in reaching climate neutrality. The green transition is creating millions of new jobs in sectors like wind and solar energy and investing in upskilling and reskilling is needed to adapt to this change. Ensuring a fair transition is a priority of the European Year of Skills. Ambitious objectives for the EU have been set in the following strategic policy documents: 

Youth and Skills

We need to tap into the potential of young people to tackle labour shortages and the shrinking workforce in the EU and use the full potential of the talented youth who have innovative ideas and energy. The EU is funding measures to help early integration into the labour market. The EU also focuses on increasing training opportunities for youth. 

Skills and Gender Equality

The European Union has a robust policy framework on gender equality. Tthe initiatives below are part of the EU’s efforts to close the gender gaps in the context of skills. Long-standing gender inequalities continue to present challenges for women’s participation in the labour market. That is why women are part of the focus for the European Year of Skills. The EU 2030 headline targets from the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan, of at least 78% of adults employed and 60% participating in training every year, require significant effort to activate more women in the labour market.  

Transversal Skills

Setting the right direction  

The EU has initiated many policy measures to strengthen and ensure a proper recognition of the value of transversal skills across Member States. Some examples include:   

Together for Skills

The European Year of Skills is a joint effort, in which all institutions, agencies and stakeholders team up to raise awareness on the importance of skills.