How can we improve cohesion in Europe by learning from inspiring, regional practices in the fields of education and #TransitionToWork?
On 13 October 2020, StartNet and EARLALL pursued this question during a joint online workshop in the context of the European Week of Regions and Cities. The aim was to link local and regional initiatives from Turku, Finland and Asturias, Spain with current research and EU policy discussions on the future of cohesion, educational, social and economic governance.
Matti Mäkelä, Head of the Project Management Office at the City of Turku, highlighted the great potential of the city’s STEAM pathway, which is co-funded by the European Social Fund. It supports young people’s technical and creative skills for the transition into the local labour market. Focusing on adult education, José M. Secades García, Teacher & Head of Department of the Caudal Adult Education Centre presented the Key Competences Programme of the Asturias Region for adults’ reskilling, upskilling and transition to work in their region. These contributions were framed by an academic analysis by Marcella Milana from the University of Verona following a three-level concept of social cohesion, based on the individual, the community and institutions. Monica Semedo, Member of the European Parliament highlighted the importance of equal opportunities and leaving no-one behind. As such, the EU Youth Guarantee and European Social Fund should provide better opportunities to prevent drop-out and invest into young people's skills, guidance and future.