Exploring skills intelligence in Intelligent Cities Challenge

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Building skills intelligence for a city or region at the ICC Implementation online Lab
09 April 2024 - DEUICC  project
Skills session at the EU’s ICC Implementation online Lab
On behalf of the North-West Ireland City region, that involves Derry City and Strabane District Council and Donegal County Council, ERNACT’s programme manager Dr. Margaret Quinn participated in an informative session on Skills within the European Commission’s Intelligent Cities Challenge Implementation online Lab, mediated by Niels Van Der Linden Vice President of Capgemini Invent

Stelina Chatzichristou, from Cedefop, an EU agency supporting European vocational education and training, delved into the basics of building skills intelligence for cities or regions. She emphasized the importance of comprehensive approaches drawing from various sources such as EU skills forecasts, sectoral skills foresight, and big data analysis of online job ads. She noted research indicating that the green transition will create more jobs than it displaces . The Cedefop skills intelligence tool, was highlighted as it can provide insights into sectoral trends at a national level. 

Stelina also stressed the significance of soft traversal skills, parental engagement, and vocational education as pivotal for successful transitions, recommending increased on-the-job training and short courses like micro-credentials for public staff. 

Narijsse Ben Moussa, representing the Alliance Villes Emploi, involving a network of 220 local authorities in France, provided insights into how local authorities are addressing skills needs and shared key challenges and recommendations for local employment strategies. 

Lastly, Caroline Cahalamon from Grand Besancon Metropole shared her experiences in innovative initiatives like circular economy projects in the construction sector, advocating for bold and transformative actions. 

Niels Van Der Linden concluded the session by mentioning the availability of an updated version of the Intelligent Cities Challenge pragmatic guide

As part of the Intelligent Cities Challenge 2.0, the North-West City Region is committed to playing a pivotal role in achieving the goals of the European Commission's initiative. The focus of the new initiative is on green and digital transition and building Local Green Deals to create concrete actions for change in public-private partnerships between businesses, the local authorities and communities.  

Stay tuned for updates on the Intelligent Cities Challenge 2.0, within the North-West City Region as multiple Local Green Deals are being developed in the City Region in areas such as energy districts and the bio-economy.

Click here to email  Maixa Zabaleta at ERNACT for further information

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