The Pact for Skills is delighted to announce that the European Year of Skills festival will be held on 9 May 2023 to mark the official start of the Year. All Pact members are invited, as well as stakeholders from sectors and initiatives working in skills development. The event will be held on Europe Day, and will take place in a hybrid format over a one and a half hour session.
The main aims of the European Year of Skills festival are to:
- inspire stakeholders to invest in skills and the general public to think more about their skills;
- make gaining new skills accessible to everyone, regardless of their current skill level – we want to reach all people!
The festival will reiterate that learning new skills is a lifelong journey and should not stop at school. Everyone should feel empowered to develop and learn new skills – skills that will be highly sought after as Europe transitions to a new and exciting green & digital economy. The festival will also highlight how investing in the right skills is key to growing our economy. Through upskilling and reskilling, the doors to education, training and professional development opportunities can be thrown wide open.
The main event will be hosted at Cité des Métiers in Brussels. This is a centre for information and advice on vocational training run by the Brussels Public Employment Service network, making it the perfect venue to host the Year of Skills festival. This will be a multi-site hybrid event, which will aim to accommodate and reach as many people as possible. This means that there will be a Headquarter event (Hub) that will connect with satellite events across Europe.
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