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.

  • Ilaria d'Auria
  • Project and Outreach Manager
  • Teresa Vio
  • Administration & HR Officer
  • Hilary Webb
  • Junior Policy and Communications 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.

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ERRIN as a part of a blueprint alliance – the CHARTER project

ERRIN is part of the successful CHARTER consortium led by the University of Barcelona to develop sectoral skills, funded by the Erasmus+ programme. As part of the consortium, ERRIN also involves five members of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Working Group to take part in the project’s regional activities.

  • By Hilary Webb

Stakeholder survey on Pact for Skills ahead of November launch

As part of the European Skills Agenda it was announced that a Pact for Skills will be officially launched in November, a stakeholders' survey is now underway to collect valuable feedback.

  • By Hilary Webb

ERRIN's project proposals related to the Low Carbon and ICT Clusters

We are happy to announce that over the last three months, ERRIN has submitted nine new project proposals that cover all its thematic clusters. Here is a short overview of each of the projects related to our Low Carbon and ICT Clusters.