European Year of Skills – “Get inspired, get involved, get skilled”

The European Commission announces the European Year of Skills to boost workforce development and economic growth.

The European Commission has declared 2023 as the European Year of Skills to focus on developing the skills necessary to drive sustainable growth, innovation, and competitiveness. The initiative aims to help people acquire the skills needed for quality jobs and to help small and medium enterprises address skills shortages in the EU.

European Vocational Skills Week 2023 / 23-27 October/ Visit the website

“Get inspired, get involved, get skilled”

The Year of Skills will showcase skills development opportunities and activities across Europe, foster easier recognition of qualifications across borders, bring organisations and people together to share experiences and insights, and set out how EU initiatives and funding possibilities can help.

To facilitate this initiative, the European Commission has launched an online map called “Find skills-related activities near you” which allows individuals and organisations to discover and advertise skills development activities and events. This map is designed to help people find out about skills-related activities taking place in their local areas and to allow organisations to promote their own events. Access the map here.

The EU will hold events and awareness-raising campaigns throughout the year to raise awareness of the importance of skills development. The goal is to ensure that the economic recovery, green transition, and digital transformation are socially fair and just. By providing individuals with the skills required for in-demand jobs, the EU will promote broad participation in society and improve job opportunities.

The European Commission encourages everyone to get involved in the European Year of Skills. One way to get involved is by following the baSE project – Blueprint for advanced skills & training in the social economy. The partnership behind the project will be organizing events during the Skills Week as well as following the EU campaign at national and EU level. Stay tuned for more information on the project and events at


News and image source: European Year of Skills site – This site is managed by Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion and is an official website of the European Union. Discover more on

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