YOUTHShare Project’s Skills Agenda: Promoting lifelong learning for being resilient in a post-covid employment era

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a seismic shift in the way we live and work. The employment landscape has been significantly impacted, with job losses and furloughs becoming the norm in many industries. As we emerge from the pandemic, it is essential that we equip ourselves with the necessary skills to remain resilient in a post-COVID employment era.

One way to achieve this is by promoting lifelong learning. The concept of lifelong learning is not a new one, but it has gained greater significance in recent times. Lifelong learning is the continuous process of acquiring new knowledge, skills, and attitudes throughout one’s life. It is an approach to learning that is not just limited to formal education but also encompasses informal and experiential learning. The European Year of Skills and the European Skills Agenda present an opportunity for organizations to promote lifelong learning while individuals, could take advantage of the opportunities presented by the European Year of Skills and the European Skills Agenda.  Both outline the EU’s goals for developing a future-ready workforce that can drive economic growth and innovation. The agenda sets out ten key actions to be taken by 2025, including improving the quality and relevance of education and training, supporting the upskilling and reskilling of workers, and encouraging investment in skills.

One way to do this is by taking advantage of the many resources and programs available through the EU,  funded by the European Social Fund. Another important resource is the EU Skills Profile Tool, which allows individuals to identify and communicate their skills and qualifications to potential employers. But amongst them, is the work done by YOUTHShare TEC  in 4 different countries funded by EEA grants. YOUTHShare TEC _GR, offer free of charge mentorship opportunities that can help individuals develop the skills required to thrive in a post-COVID work environment. These include career counselling and guidance services, which can help individuals identify areas of growth and develop a plan for lifelong learning. But more than this, TEC can also connect job seekers with potential employers. This can help individuals find job opportunities that align with their skills and interests, and it can also help employers find qualified candidates who are ready to hit the ground running.

Through different ways of communication, TEC and NECS promote that lifelong learning  can improve our overall well-being. Research has shown that learning new skills can boost our self-esteem, reduce stress, and enhance our cognitive function. It can also provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment, which is especially important in times of uncertainty.

Finally, as organizations and employers, it is important to recognize the value of promoting lifelong learning and skills development among our employees. By investing in our employees’ skills and abilities, we can create a more resilient and future-ready workforce that can adapt to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

In conclusion, the European Year of Skills and the European Skills Agenda provide an important opportunity for individuals and organizations to promote lifelong learning and skills development. By taking advantage of the resources and programs available, promoting our own best practices and skills, and investing in our employees, we can build a more adaptable, resilient, and future-ready workforce that can drive economic growth and innovation.

Aimilia Markaki,KAM NESC, YOUTHShare Project


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