CHARTER has been selected by the European Commission in the frame of the Erasmus + Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills - one of the key initiatives of the 2016 Skills Agenda for Europe. Under the blueprint, 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 - such as Cultural Heritage.

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 consent on cultural heritage being intrinsically related to personal wellbeing and human identity, it remains a rich yet underrated and under-resources social and economical good.

The CHARTER project will create a lasting, comprehensive sectoral skills strategy to ensure Europe has the necessary cultural heritage skills to support sustainable societies and economies.

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, gaps and mismatches, and overcome the paucity of cultural heritage statistical data. The project will collect srategic data on five knowledge areas to identify core and transversal competences, including digital, technological, and green adaptation skills.

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ERRIN's role

The regional roll-out of the Sectoral Skills Strategy is a key objective of the Blueprint projects: for this reason, CHARTER will place cultural heritage in its larger territorial context. A specific work package will use regional case studies, think tanks, and focus groups, implemented in EU regions: it will be coordinated by ERRIN, together with the University of Gotheburg.

Leveraging the interest of its Tourism & Cultural Heritage Working Group, ERRIN mobilised the following EU Regions who will be at the heart of the regional roll-out: Alentejo, Basque Country, Free Hanseatic City of Bremen (co-leader of the Tourism and Cultural Heritage Working Group, as well as the Science and Education for Society - both of great relevance to the project), Tuscany (co-leader of the Tourism and Cultural Hertiage Working Group), Vastra Gotaland. Moreover, Sibiu (RO) and Milan (IT) will also host regional workshops. ERRIN will be responsible for the overall coordination of the workshops, and contribute to the "Report from the regional case studies".

More information on the regional roll-out can be found in the Blueprint Seminar Report 2019 published by the European Commission. 

In parallel, ERRIN will co-lead the work on "Alliances, Sustainable Strategies and Policy Recommendations" together with the Romanian National Institute of Heritage.

    In this context, ERRIN will:

    - Transfer the results of the project in recommendations and policies within the new cultural heritage landscape;

    - Design sustainable strategies, and pave the way towards the CHARTER Alliance with a proposal for an Observatory for Skills related to Cultural Hertiage; 

    - Draft targeted policy recommendations and deliver advocacy work to key stakeholders in the areas of culture, education, employment, statistics, and other fields impacting the cultural heritage domain. 

    Opportunities for local and regional innovation ecosystems

    The link between the sectoral skills strategies and alliances and the regional dimension is crucial for the sustainability of the project's results. Short-time adaptations of skills at the regional level are strongly determined by regional smart specialisation strategies (RIS3). For the regional roll-out, it is essential to develop strategies to approach smart specialisation strategies in regions, with matching sectors. Thus, Blueprint projects should demonstrate tangible benefits for the relevant key stakeholders at the regional level. There is a need for establishing a regional cooperation culture through change agents. Nevertheless, it needs the regions to initiate the involvement of VET institutions in smart specialisation.  

    VET activities and outcomes in regions involved in 2014-2020 RIS3 could be an input to the 2021-2027 S3 programming based on results and lessons learned from the Blueprint Alliances. 

    Associated partners can be further involved in the process: to date, ERRIN gathered interest of Emilia Romagna Region and the Teatro Pubblico Pugliese (Puglia Region). More opportunities to come! 

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    Stay tuned!

    The project kicks off in 2021 and lasts 4 years. During this period, a series of activities and deliverables will be developed.

    Examples of those relevant for the broader ERRIN membership entail:

    - Mapping of dynamics of internal and external CH stakeholders (M21)

    - Guidelines for innovative/emerging VET, HE, LLL paths documents (M30)

    - Forecast to fill gaps between education and training supply and labour market needs. A pilot approach (M31)

    - Report from Regional case studies (M33)

    - Proposal of a European Observatory for skills related to Cultural Heritage (M45)

    - CHARTER Alliance long term Action Plan (M47)

    CHARTER Team Members

    Get in touch with the ERRIN team members in charge of the implementation of CHARTER

    Anett Ruszanov

    Anett Ruszanov

    Project Manager

    Teresa Vio

    Teresa Vio

    Administration & HR Officer - Facilitator of the Tourism & Cultural Heritage Working Group

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