Following on from the High-Level Roundtable on skills for the tourism ecosystem held last year on 29 October 2020 and the two meetings held with stakeholders on 1 July and 14 October 2021, the EU Commission organised this third stakeholders meeting to work towards finalising the launch of the skills partnership in the tourism ecosystem as part of the overall EU Pact on skills initiative.
The initiative brings together all types and sizes of businesses, EU umbrella organisations, social partners, vocational and education training providers, and regional/municipal authorities to speak with a unified voice in supporting specific commitments to reskilling and upskilling the European tourism workforce in an effort to meet the objectives of the twin green and digital transition and bolster the resilience of the tourism ecosystem in the medium to long-term. This partnership promotes joint action through the establishment and implementation of large-scale skills partnerships at national, regional and local levels in order to meet the skills needs of the entire workforce of the European tourism ecosystem.
The European Commission launched the new European Skills Agenda in 2020, announcing 12 actions organised around four building blocks: a call to join forces in a collective action through the Pact for skills, ensuring the right skills for jobs, initiatives to support people in their lifelong learning pathways, and a framework to unlock investments in skills. The Pact is firmly anchored in the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights. One of the headline targets of the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan - endorsed at Porto Social Summit on 7 May 2021- is to reach 60% of adults to participate in training each year by 2030. The Pact also supports the goals of the Green Deal and the digital transformation, as set out in the Commission communication “A strong Social Europe for Just Transitions”.
During the stakeholder meeting, the European Commission gave a presentation and invited participants to send their comments on the skills partnership document by 9 December, indicating whether they could support the paper and put their organization’s logo on it.
Interested members are warmly encourage to send their feedback and inform the NECSTouR Secretriat for a joint initiative
The next meeting including all stakeholders will likely be held in mid-December, if needed, or in January 2022 in order to launch the skills partnership for the tourism sector. The European Commission will circulate the final draft after 9 December with the goal of launching the skills partnership in January 2022