This unprecedented crisis needs an unprecedented answer. One that will serve us today and for many years to come. Today, the European Commission calls on EU Member States to invest in skills” said Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President for Promoting the European Way of Life.

Skills became fundamental for the digital transition and the green economy to develop in these next years, a key factor that will help us recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

In this framework is necessary, more than ever, to restart and to focus on actions that contribute to foster transversal skills needed and requested on the labour market, such as: teamwork, digital competences, communication, creativity, working in multicultural environment, autonomy, responsability, leadership, problem solving, ecc.

It is in this context that the European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience was created and presented in July 2020, an agenda made out of 12 points that sets ambitious objectives for skilling to be achieved within the next 5 years.

The 12 actions, that will allow us to train new skills and to improve existing skills, placing them at the heart of the EU policy agenda, are the following:

  1. A Pact for Skills
  2. Strengthening skills intelligence
  3. EU support for strategic national upskilling action
  4. Proposal for a Council Recommendation on Vocational Education and Training for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience
  5. Rolling out the European universities initiative and upskilling scientists
  6. Skills to support the green and digital transitions
  7. Increasing STEM graduates and fostering entrepreneurial and transversal skills
  8. Skills for Life
  9. Initiative on Individual Learning Accounts
  10. A European approach to micro-credentials
  11.  New Europass Platform
  12. Improving the enabling framework to unlock Member States’ and private investments in skills

This actions are foreseen to create 540 million training activities for adults by 2025, including 60 million for low-qualified adults, and 40 million for unemployed people. The number of adults with basic digital skills should increase to 230 million. By reaching these stakeholders the European Commission aims to  ensure that the right to training and lifelong learning becomes a reality all across Europe, from cities to remote and rural areas, to the benefit of everyone.

It is within this framework that the new Europass Platform was launched and the Proposal for a Council Recommendation on vocational education and training was adopted by the European Commission.

Next step on the list is the Pact for Skills, foreseen to be launch in November 2020. The other points  will be brought forward in the coming months.

For further information on the European Skills Agenda visit the European Commission website.

ESMOVIA has exciting news to share with all of you!!

Last month of July the Erasmus+ project team flew to Mannheim, Germany where we attended a learning teaching and training session for our project  “European Mobility in Career Counselling”, shortened as EMoCC. This project is being made by international partners from Italy, Germany, France, and of course, Spain. Our project team is a very multi-disciplinary group composed of members with differing professional and life experiences, which allows us to have very enriching conversations and reach powerful results and conclusions regarding our final product.

Three sunny days were spent at the University of Applied Labor Studies of the Federal Employment Agency, shortened as HdBA, in the city of Mannheim, located in southwest Germany.  Various presentations were prepared and presented by members of the HdBA University regarding a large number of topics, which led to discussion amongst the project’s partners. We analysed, debated, learned, questioned, and began to construct the outline skeleton of topics for the two MOOCS (massive open online courses) that we are going to create together.

The two MOOCS will be complementary, with the first having the focus specifically on career counsellors, and the second going further focusing on the aspect of mobility within career counselling. The development of the first MOOC is being led by our wonderful German partners, HdBA, who are experts in career counselling. The second MOOC is being led by ESMOVIA, as we are experts in the process of mobility within Europe, due to the public we work with and receive from across the European Union. There is a very important previous research step before the development of the MOOCS, and this is being done by the Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, with professional researchers using qualitative and quantitative approaches to gather important data from the public that will be our final users.

The dissemination of this process and information will be principally done by our French partner, Iriv, who are experts in this process. Tür an Tür will be contributing throughout the entire process of both MOOC 1 and 2, as they are experts regarding their experience with diverse cultures in their work. 

There were also leisure moments in the agenda, with a special cultural trip made to the German countryside, in the city of Billigheim-Ingenheim, where we were given information about this region of Germany, to get to know the country better.


We will keep you updated on the development of the research!