COVID-19 accelerated the need for quick structural and cross-sectoral mobility of the workforce towards emerging jobs, e.g. green jobs, healthcare, and tech jobs. Cities are key in this major effort because they can combine insight of the local needs with a well-functioning and scalable reskilling network, involving local companies, vocational education institutes (VETs), high schools, local authorities, clusters, EENs, trade unions, and head-hunters. 

At the core of this track is a focus on innovative education and training for upskilling and reskilling the workforce of ICC cities. While seeking to reduce the skills gap, mobilise and strengthen skills-ecosystems, it concentrates on pursuing a green, digital and social transition of the workforce. This will help equip cities in tackling new emerging needs and challenges. From a policy perspective, it builds on the new European Skills Agenda and Pact for Skills, focusing on new engagement models that assist in better supplying the skills for a green and digital recovery at city-level. 

In this thematic, the ICC tackles, among other things:

  • Upskilling and reskilling of workforce for a green, digital and social transition – based on assessment of the real city needs, current shifts in socio-economic-environmental trends
  • Mobilising and strengthening skills-ecosystem – educational institutions, industry and businesses, schools, academia, VETs, fab labs, research centres, industrial clusters
  • Reduction of skills gap and preparing the city for a better future
  • Anticipation of new needs: e.g., moving workforce from idle airport logistics chain to support super-market logistic chains

Key related initiatives:

Good practices and learning materials

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upskilling and reskilling
Thematic track: Upskilling and reskilling
ICC Thematic Meeting on Reskilling Summary Report
green city
Showcasing the Tech4Good Marketplace (beta) and connecting European-level initiatives at the 3rd ICC City Lab
industry 4.0
New EU Industrial Strategy, EU Sustainable Finance and Taxonomy and the Artificial Intelligence (AI) legal framework welcomed by the Intelligent Cities Challenge
Pact for Skills Experts Roundtable


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green city
3rd ICC City Lab
4th ICC City Lab
5th ICC City Lab