European Year of Skills 2023

What is the European Year of Skills?

The European Year of Skills puts skills centre-stage. Helping people get the right skills for quality jobs and helping companies, in particular small and medium enterprises, address skills shortages in the EU.

Skilled workers enjoy better job opportunities as well as broader possibilities to fully engage in society. This is key to ensuring the economic recovery & green and digital transitions are socially fair and just.

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European Skills Agenda

The European Skills Agenda is a five-year plan to help individuals and businesses develop more and better skills and to put them to use, by:

  • strengthening sustainable competitiveness, as set out in the European Green Deal;
  • ensuring social fairness, putting into practice the first principle of the European Pillar of Social Rights: access to education, training and lifelong learning for everybody, everywhere in the EU;
  • building resilience to react to crises, based on the lessons learnt during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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.

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