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The European Year of Skills

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The European Year of Skills aims to address skills gaps in the European Union and boost the EU skills strategy, which will help reskill people with a focus on digital and green technology skills. This will require helping people get the right skills for quality jobs and helping companies, in particular small and medium enterprises by highlighting national efforts as well as -existing and new EU initiatives and EU funding possibilities. It will support skills-related activities and events across Europe.

Throughout the year, various stakeholders, including the Commission, the European Parliament, Member States, social partners, public and private employment services, chambers of commerce and industry, education and training providers, as well as workers and businesses, will work together to promote skills development. The Year has started on 9 May 2023 and will run for 12 months, with many actions and initiatives to be launched and promoted. Follow us to receive the latest information.

Why? Having a workforce with in-demand skills is important for long-term sustainable growth and competitiveness. It will also ensure that the green and digital transitions are socially fair and just. How? Thousands of events and activities on skill development will take place across Europe.

Developed by: European Union, Region: Europe

Official: Website
Get involved: National Coordinators
Communication – Toolkit
What Comes Next: Closing event

What Comes Next?

When? 30 April 2024 (8:30 – 19:00 CET) – Where? Rue Bara 175, 1070 Brussels, Belgium

“The European Year of Skills – What Comes Next?” is a large-scale conference where hundreds of participants will come together to share successful skills stories and discuss the legacy of the European Year of Skills. During the event, we will look back at the achievements of the Year and reflect on the road ahead. After all, the European Year of Skills does not end here – connecting the dots and delivering in practice remains a top priority. The conference will feature prominent political and stakeholder panels, inspiring speeches, insightful conversations, and interactive discussion groups on specific topics. Join us to discuss effective skills policies and how to ensure that skills remain a top priority across Europe. READ MORE! 

Meet the Champions of Excellence!
When? 23 February 2024 – Where? Rue Belliard 101, 1040 Brussels

Get inspired by vocational excellence at our event on 23 February 2024, hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels. Co-organized by the EESC and the European Commission, this gathering will highlight the value of vocational education and training (VET) and encourage young people to choose VET as an effective learning and career path.

500 Participants, 400 Young Minds: engage with a diverse and inspiring community, where 400 young individuals converge to explore the boundless opportunities within vocational education and training (VET). Champions of Excellence: witness the skills of recent EU champions from WorldSkills, EuroSkills, and Abylimpics in more than 20 different disciplines and learn from their experiences and achievements. Panel Discussion: Commissioner Nicolas Schmit and EESC President Oliver Röpke will exchange with the champions and talk about VET excellence and the essential role of VET in seizing current and future job opportunities. READ MORE!

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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.