Kukunori Central association of Wellbeing and Culture in Finland coordinates a wide European network of organisations creating a strong change making force in creating more equal, sustainable and inclusive employment. The skillset in the pact represents innovative action, know-how, resources and a network for reskilling and upskilling Europe for the future. The goal of the Pact is to improve the employability of people with support needs, for example people with intellectual disabilities by offering training, support, research and new platforms for collaborative action for European change makers. These agents can be experts by experience, professionals, politicians, volunteers, citizens and organisations on all areas and levels of society. Together we can show and tell how positive change can happen and acquire the skills for the future!
The organisations taking part in the Pact of Skills are:
Central association of Wellbeing and Culture Kukunori (Finland)
Citizen Network Coop (Finland / International)
Eberswalde University of Sustainable Development (Germany)
EVTA – European Vocational Training Association (Belgium / Europe)
University of Piraeus (Greece)
About the policies behind the Pact of Skills
At the EU level there has been a realization that a massive investment in skills is needed. In addition to money from enterprises and governments, the EU is prioritising investing in people and their skills. For example the investment to European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) will be 61.5 billion euros during the next five years.
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
The Pact for Skills
The Pact for Skills is a shared engagement and approach to skills development. The Pact aims to mobilise and incentivise private and public stakeholders to take concrete action for the upskilling and reskilling of people of working age, and, when relevant, pool efforts in the partnerships.
The Pact can be joined by any private or public organisation or partnership of organisations which aim to upskill or reskill people of working age.
The organisation(s) need(s) to be based in one of the Member States, EFTA or candidate countries.
The European Commission has launched the Pact for Skills, a shared engagement model for skills development in Europe.
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.
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, the Commission invites public and private organisations to join forces and take concrete action to upskill and reskill people in Europe.
The Pact is the first of the flagship actions under the European Skills Agenda and is firmly anchored in the European Pillar of Social Rights. The Pact was officially launched on 10 November 2020.
Read more about the Pact of Skills
EU funding instruments for upskilling and reskilling
Director of International Affairs
Kukunori Central Association of Wellbeing and Culture
markus.vahala (at) kukunori.fi