Mid-term Conference – Italy, Cagliari, 12th October 2022
“VET and guidance synergies for an active labour market. Systems and competences for guidance and training practitioners: policies and practices at a glance”
The digital transition and the very rapid changes in the labour market affect the sector significantly: structural needs, already evident for years, have undergone a huge acceleration during the Covid-19 pandemic. The need to offer new approaches to guidance practitioners and to update digital tools to support students, workers and jobseekers effectively is becoming much stronger. At the same time, we should bear in mind the digital transition needs so that guidance practitioners can adapt and be able to respond to the challenges. GEGS has been testing a double-faced approach to respond to those challenges.
After 1 year and half of GEGS, the Conference Choosing Today and Tomorrow has taken stock of the main issues informing our project and analysed during the experimentation phase. In a national and international fast-paced scenario, and in some ways dramatic evolution, the conference emphasises the structural challenges that Italy in general, and the Sardinian territory in particular are facing: the need for a structural reform of the entire training system, in light of the ambitious objectives of the PNRR and the GOL programmes – Guaranteed Employability and Employment – and all the steps they entail. At the same time, the conference represented a platform for comparison and mutual exchange with the priorities emerging in the different contexts of other European countries involved.
Policy-makers, managers, enterprises and guidance practitioners from 6 European countries have discussed the key issues that are affecting the field of training and active labour market policies, and try to find common answers to those challenges, considering the key skills approach for the labour market as well as the relevance and adaptability of e-guidance tools that act as a bridge and intermediary between education, enterprise, work and citizens’ needs.