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European Year of Skills
News article4 December 2023Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion1 min read

National Coordinators report: The European Year of Skills puts skills high on the political agenda at home

Mid-way into the European Year of Skills, its National Coordinators met for a fourth time in Brussels on 29 November. The lively meeting showed clearly that the Year is moving ahead at full speed across Europe, sparking important debates, and putting skills in the spotlight. 

National Coordinator's meeting

Focusing on key challenges and opportunities in national skills policies

The full day meeting was shaped by the National Coordinators, who were in the driving seat. In small groups, they brought forward key questions and practical solutions that shape national approaches to upskilling and reskilling. The exchange showed that the Year has sparked many national discussions, and that it provides a unique opportunity to learn from each other and work together. The hot topics of the day included:

  • good practice examples of upskilling and reskilling, both by governmental and non-governmental actors;
  • what is needed to make job-to-job transitions a reality for everyone, especially for the least qualified and older workers;
  • challenges faced by Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in upskilling and reskilling, and specific support needed;
  • examples of how skills intelligence can be used in practice, both to understand future skills needs and to guide adults though their careers.   

Together for skills!

The National Coordinators also learned more about each other’s way of involving all actors in the Year. The different examples demonstrated that working together through partnership is crucial in all countries – also reflecting very well the objective of the Year to promote joint action and break silos. Ranging from establishing Skills Councils, involving social partners, and engaging employers, skills development it was clear that skills are a shared responsibility.

The National Coordinators are playing a key role in mobilising efforts in their countries. Nicolas Schmit, Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, joined the group for a lively discussion on key actions and emerging trends, stressing the importance of their contribution to the Year. He concluded that “We need at least a decade of skills […] Our mission is not over.

Summing up, the exchanges showed that the Year is helping to put skills policies high on the political agenda and many expressed the importance of thinking about continuing the momentum also beyond the Year.

Interested to learn more about what is happening in your country? Find out how to get in touch with your National Coordinator here!