Written by Anders Bergström, Policy Area Education Coordinator


Upskilling and reskilling

Skill shortage and supply is a challenge for many sectors in Europe, both private and public. For example finding engineers for the green and digital transition or nurses to health care just to mention two.

Another challenge related to skills is the need for employees for upskilling and reskilling their competences to meet the needs of an ever-changing labour market. One can simply not expect that skills acquired in school or university will be enough for the duration of a whole career. 

A third challenge is related to the ageing population, where we live longer and stay healthier longer. To offer robust pension schemes, we need to work longer, and that also requires upskilling and reskilling of competences. 

Read more: Skills - one of the three topics highlighted in the 4th EU Macro-regional Strategies Week

In 2022 the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) and the Norden Association Sweden, the Policy Area (PA) Coordinators in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) conducted a feasibility analysis to establish a cross-policy area flagship process for co-creative processes with extended stakeholders' involvement. The proposed Economy of Wellbeing of People Flagship aims to effectively address societal challenges covered by EUSBSR actions.

Read more: Policy Areas Health and Education jointly propose a Flagship process for inclusive growth and well-being across EUSBSR actions