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Escape the Talent Development trap in Europe’s regions
The EU is witnessing an alarming demographic transition that is threatening young talents’ employability across several European regions.
Lack of job opportunities and digital skills are obstacles to talent development and digital transition. More and more young people leave their home countries to find more favourable working conditions abroad and gain the skills they need to succeed in their professional career.
Skilled workers in their home regions contribute to sustainable growth, economic development, businesses competitiveness and enjoy better job opportunities.
Under the framework of EU funding instruments, Cohesion Policy funds play a crucial role in steering skills development, fostering innovation and investments, and targeting strategic areas for intervention at local, regional and European level, such as for instance investments needed in order to speed up the deployment of very high-speed and 5G networks.
Deep Tech Initiative: How the EU is high-speeding digital talents.
As part of the European Commission’s New European Innovation Agenda, the European Institute of Technology and Innovation (EIT) is implementing a place-based innovation scheme of knowledge and communities’ engagement.
Through the Deep Tech Initiative, a three-year pioneering programme of training and courses, EIT will skill deep tech talents and boost the digital transition Europe needs to address the talent gap in the tech fields.
The Deep Tech Initiative and the creation of interconnected regional deep tech innovation valleys in the EU will retain and nurture young talents in those regions that are facing a talent development trap.
The initiative recognises the important role of VET on innovation, notably through the Centres of Vocational Excellence, supported by Erasmus+ and Cohesion Policy Funds. It will contribute to creating a talent pool that will drive innovation and economic growth across Europe.
Read more about the initiative and other existing programmes steered by Cohesion Policy in the Commission’s Communication below.
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The Youthopia Project is co-funded by the Directorate General for Regional and Urban policy (DG REGIO) of the European Commission.