Skills Intelligence Publication

In her 2022 State of the Union address, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, declared 2023 as the European Year of Skills. This initiative is designed to provide a renewed focus on enhancing skills that align with individuals’ ambitions and the evolving demands of the labor market in the European Union. It will do so by promoting activities like professional training, reskilling, and upskilling.

This collection highlights the outcomes of 13 research projects that received funding through Horizon 2020, all conducted within the framework of the European Year of Skills. The objective of this results pack is to contribute to a well-informed discussion on the challenges associated with skill development, such as ensuring that skills are in line with societal requirements, matching the aspirations and skill sets of job seekers with labor market opportunities, assessing the impact of new technologies, and enhancing the appeal of the European job market to foreign workers. Moroever, the thematic collection offers concise summaries of the key findings from these projects and is intended for a diverse audience, including academics, policymakers, civil society organizations, and interested citizens.

So far, the results of these projects underscore the significance of investing in the workforce as a means to strengthen Europe’s global position. The overarching goal is to align with the European Commission’s priorities, notably the European Green Deal and the endeavor to create a Europe fit for the digital age. This aims to ensure conformity with the principles outlined in the European Pillar of Social Rights and ultimately construct an economy that benefits all citizens.