The Pact For Skills – a new EU strategy to support regional implementation

The European Commission launched in November 2020 the Pact for Skills, a shared engagement model for skills development in Europe.

The initiative is also focused on the Creative and Cultural sector of which DeuS partners ECBN, Matera-Basilicata 2019 and Materahub are active contributors, DeuS was presented as a best practice in the kick off meeting in 2020.

In the Pact For Skills, companies, workers, national, regional and local authorities, social partners, cross-industry and sectoral organisations, education and training providers, chambers of commerce and employment services all have a key role to play. 

It is considered a way to support a fair and resilient recovery and deliver on the ambitions of the green and digital transitions and of the EU Industrial and SME Strategies and that is why, the Commission invites public and private organisations to join forces and take concrete action to upskill and reskill people in Europe.

Key principles of the Pact for Skills Charter:

  1. Promoting a culture of lifelong learning for all
  2. Building strong skills partnerships
  3. Monitoring skills supply/demand and anticipating skills needs
  4. Working against discrimination and for gender equality and equal opportunities
The DeuS partnership has worked on identifying the training needs of the Creative and Cultural Industries ecosystem and developing innovative methodologies that can effectively respond to such needs, not just in terms of content but also, fundamentally, delivery methods suited to the creative professionals within this sector.
During this journey,  policy orientated learnings, reflections and observations have resonated within the DeuS partnership and form the inspiration for this Manifesto to contribute to the work of Pact for skills and includes the following reflections: 
  • What are the training and upskilling needs of the Creative and Cultural professional? 
  • As in other economic sectors, how can VET be a viable alternative for the creation of future CCI professional generations?