Pact for Skills one year on: 450 organisations pledge to reskill over 1.5 million people in Europe

10 November 2021
1st Birthday of Pact for Skills (Illustration:

The Pact for Skills was set up a year ago to bring together employers, workers, public employment services, regional authorities and others to identify what skills will be needed in different sectors of the economy to ensure we can flourish in a more green and digital society.

Having the right skills is essential for individuals’ success in a fast changing labour market. The recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the rhythm of change in how we live, learn and work, as well as how we progress in our careers.

Today, the Pact celebrates its first birthday. A lot has happened in the last year and the strong alliances already built are creating more opportunities for working-age people across Europe to learn new skills and improve their prospects in the labour market and at work.

Marking the anniversary, Vice-President Margaritis Schinas, Commissioners Nicolas Schmit and Thierry Breton said: “One year on, the Pact for Skills is delivering: 450 organisations have pledged to provide the right skills for 1.5 million people. This is a good start and the result of Pact for Skills members, businesses and other partners working together to enhance skills in Europe. Our ambition does not end here. The Commission is committed to further strengthen the Pact and calls on more members to join: having the right skills is essential for people to thrive, for our economy to grow, and for a successful recovery.”

Bringing stakeholders together

More than 450 organisations from all Member States have signed up – and the community is growing. Members include:

  • big multinational companies such as Nestlé, SAP, Google, Cisco, Microsoft, Ford Europe and Hitachi Europe
  • local training providers
  • chambers of commerce
  • small and medium-sized enterprises
  • sectoral clusters like AVASEAN cleantech cluster in Spain and ‘mareFVG’ marine technology cluster in Italy
  • regional authorities
  • employer and trade union representatives.

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