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Hackskills and Act on skills webinars


27 OCTOBER 2020 and 10-11 December 2020


The European Training Foundation (ETF), in collaboration with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), launched a series of events dedicated to knowledge and experience sharing on skills development in the context of the COVID-19 crisis and recovery agenda.

The events focus on priorities to build up and strengthen the resilience of people, companies and education and employment systems and explore solutions for a fair and inclusive recovery.  They create a space to:

  • Provide opportunities to review the type, targeting and effectiveness of active labour market measures, implemented in the crisis context, with a focus on the skills development dimension;
  • Discuss the COVID-19 toll on young people and explore key actions for inclusion, resilience, skills and employment, including the potential of regional cooperation to improve youth’s skills and labour market prospects;
  • Share experiences on how skills are a priority for companies’ survival strategies during the crisis and future development, with a focus on inclusion, innovation, and greening to foster competitiveness, resilience and social fairness.

The kick off event on 27 October 2020 focused on how the impact of COVID-19 on global education and skills training can be used as a springboard for recovery.

Track 1 looked at activation and skills development policies in COVID-19 crisis context and how to get ready for recovery, from the perspective of:

-  The role of skills development in supporting activation and transitions to employment

-  Dealing with uncertainty and socio-economic shocks. (Re)actions and challenges

- Getting ready for post COVID-19 recovery

Track 2 focused on skills for enterprise development to support sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience:

-  Key problems and opportunities at stake in the post COVID- 19 recovery and prospects ahead for enterprises

-  How enterprises reacted and can make of skills an asset for the future

-  International collaboration: skills for enterprise development


Day one of the Act on Skills webinar on 10 December looked at the labour market activation measures and skills development, with a particular focus on youth. The participants discussed the importance of policy innovation and partnerships in skills development actions.

Day two of the Act on Skills webinar on 11 December discussed skill development dimension for companies' growth from the prism of inclusion, innovation, and greening to foster competitiveness, resilience and social fairness.



Comments (4)

Manuela Prina
Open Space Member

On 10th-11th December we continued the discussion on the Impact of COVID-19 focusing on actions being undertaken in partner countries trough active labour market policies, youth policies and programs, and enterprise support to foster inclusion, innovation and greening.

The Session on Active labour market policies and youth program is available on demand here

The session on Enterprise Support Programs is available on demand here

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