Introduction to the Project

Under the Erasmus + Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills - one of the key initiatives of the 2016 Skills Agenda for Europe stakeholders work together in sector-specific partnerships, called alliances for sectoral cooperation for skills, which develop and implement strategies to address skills gaps in these sectors. Within the Pact for Skills of the Updated Skills Agenda 2020, Blueprints were expanded and opened to more sectors.

CHARTER is the Cultural Heritage sector-specific partnership: this alliance will develop and implement European sector-wide strategies and vocational training solutions to address skills gaps in the field. Although there is broad agreement that cultural heritage is intrinsically related to personal wellbeing and human identity, it remains an underrated and under-resourced social and economical good.

The project started in January 2021 and will last for the next four years. CHARTER seeks to create a lasting, comprehensive sectoral skills strategy to guarantee Europe has the necessary cultural heritage skills to support sustainable societies and economies, including transversal competences such as digital/technological and green/blue economy skills. The consortium unites 28 members that represent some of the top education and training, organisations, networks and employers of the European cultural heritage sector.

Project Objectives

The project will use strategic collaboration and innovative methodologies to bridge the gaps between educational and occupational systems and employer needs, to reduce skills shortages, and overcome the paucity of cultural heritage statistical data. The project will collect data on five knowledge areas to identify core and transversal competences, including digital, technological and green adaptation skills.

Moreover, CHARTER will create a comprehensive sectoral skills strategy and build a lasting cultural heritage skills alliance in Europe.

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ERRIN's Role

Five of ERRIN’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Working Group members will play a key role in the regional roll-out of the initiative: Alentejo, the Basque Country, the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, Tuscany Region and Vastra Gotaland. The member organisations are, committed to reinforcing the regional dimension of the Sectoral Skills Strategy on Cultural Heritage.

In addition, ERRIN will co-lead the work on ‘Alliances, Sustainable Strategies, and Policy Recommendations,’ together with the Romanian National Institute of Heritage. This will be the place to reflect on how to reinforce the regional roll-out of all Blueprints for Sectoral Skills Strategy funded by the European Commission and how to better coordinate actions at regional and national level in the respective Member States, securing a stronger voice for the regional activities.

  • Astrid Hannes
  • Policy & Project Manager
  • Teresa Vio
  • Administration & HR Officer

Benefit & Links

The regional roll-out of the sectoral skills alliance is a key component of the Blueprint actions: building on their achievements, the Blueprints are expected to be rolled out at regional and national level. This will be done in cooperation with national and regional authorities, and key stakeholders, including from the ERRIN membership. There will also be synergies with other policy frameworks, such as regional smart specialisation strategies.

Project in Action


CHARTER has launched its first promotional video to have a quick overview of the Erasmus+ funded project’s context, mission and aims.

Latest Updates

  • By Ewa Chomicz

2023 announced as the European Year of Skills

In her 2022 State of the Union Address, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen announced the upcoming year as the European Year of Skills. ERRIN welcomes this announcement, as skills are among the priority areas where potential new activities are currently under discussion in the ERRIN Management Board.

  • By Teresa Vio

CHARTER Cultural Heritage Sector Dynamics’ survey

Within the framework of the CHARTER project, University of Gothenburg has launched a survey to map and analyse dynamics of cultural heritage professionals and other stakeholders’ engagement, synergies and skills in terms of needs and shortages. You are invited to contribute by submitting your feedback and by disseminating the survey among your network and stakelholders.

  • By Teresa Vio

Cultural Heritage in Action: Call for Participants in peer learning visit in Cantabria

Cultural Heritage in Action is organising a peer learning visit to Cantabria from 21 to 23 September. Anyone working on culture and cultural heritage for a regional, city or rural administration from the EU and the UK can apply to take part in the visit by 15 June.

  • By Francesca Pozzebon

Cultural Heritage in Action: Call for participants in peer learning visit to Krakow

Krakow: Sustainable cultural heritage development in practice Our Cultural Heritage in Action programme of peer learning visits continues to unfold! A new call for participants in a peer learning visit to Krakow just opened, deadline to answer is 6 June.

  • By Hilary Webb

Cultural heritage education & training in Europe – pathways to qualifications

ERRIN's CHARTER project has published a new report, 'Cultural heritage education & training in Europe – pathways to qualifications.' The report addresses the European education and training schemes, describing and analysing their many layers.

  • By Hilary Webb

CHARTER Alliance launches community for external stakeholders

The European Cultural Heritage Skills Alliance CHARTER, in which ERRIN is a partner, has launched its CHARTER Community programme for external stakeholders interested in connecting and engaging with the Erasmus+ project.