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Upskilling and reskilling industry in the post-covid era: promoting new services and creating jobs (2021)

Policy makers at EU, national and regional level need to work effectively with all relevant stakeholders (industry, social partners, education and training providers, researchers, etc.) to equip Europe with the skills needed for the future by 2030. Europe has set ambitious targets in this regard in the European Skills Agenda, the Digital Decade and the EU Industrial Strategy, providing unprecedented funding to achieve these objectives, notably through the Multiannual Financial Framework and NextGenerationEU.

Upskilling and reskilling of the workforce is a crucial topic that is widely emerging due to societal and technological changes. The COVID-19 pandemic has become highly visible recently. People need to have the means to improve their lives and skills in the digital and green age.

In order to achieve the above objectives, Europe will probably need to achieve both the formulation and implementation of convincing, innovative and long-term national visions and strategies of the EU Member States.

This report of the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises presents ten recommended actions in four dimensions: political influence, demand, supply and matching to promote upskilling and reskilling as a means to increase social and economic well-being.