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, reduce skills shortages, and overcome the paucity of cultural heritage statistical data. The project will collect data on six 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 Teresa Vio

Call for regional and local examples on Circular Cultural Tourism - Breakfast at Sustainability's

ERRIN is collaborating with ICLEI Europe on the upcoming edition of their event series Breakfast at Sustainability’s taking place on 5 October 2023. During the event, ERRIN is looking to showcase two examples of circular tourism and cultural heritage at regional and local level. This online event is organised as part of the Be.CULTOUR project.

  • By Admin Admin

CHARTER call for good practices of policies and initiatives in pilot cases in cultural heritage education, training and occupation

The European Cultural Heritage Skills Alliance CHARTER is looking for good practices of policies and initiatives in pilot cases in Education & Training and Employment to fill gaps and improve: mobility, virtuous learning circles, career development, upskilling and reskilling, quality certifications standards, transformation to a circular economy, or policy and initiatives to tackle challenges of digital transformation and climate change in the sector of Cultural Heritage. The deadline for submission is 9 February 2023.

  • By Astrid Hannes

CHARTER Alliance releases a new report on cultural heritage stakeholders’ roles and dynamics

CHARTER Alliance publishes a new report mapping cultural heritage stakeholders, looking at cultural heritage as an economic sector and labour market with interacting stakeholders in anticipated roles, whose dynamics, skills and competencies will affect the quality of heritage as a resource and common good.

  • By Ewa Chomicz

New European Innovation Agenda: Council conclusions adopted

On 2 December, the Council adopted the conclusions on the New European Innovation Agenda. We have collected some key points highlighted by the Council and ERRIN remarks on the document. The CoR opinion on the same topic, to which ERRIN provided comments, was also adopted on 1 December.

  • 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.