Basic pillars for a dynamic economy
A competitive provision of education and training is a key element in enhancing the attractiveness and economic diversification of a region and in the creation of a dynamic economy. It is thus a key sector for mountain areas.
Moreover, at European level, all EU institutions and players agree that the future European economy will be based on knowledge. Thus there will be a need for more people having specific skills in order to fit easily into the labour market. The European Strategy for 2020 is specifically stressing the need for improvement of the educational systems’ performance and the importance of enhancing the attractiveness of higher education systems for students.
In terms of funding, with a budget of € 14.7 billion, Erasmus + is the new program that brings together seven former existing EU programs in the fields of education, training and youth. You will find in the documents and links section (just for members) the funding opportunities for training and youth.
An offer adapted to the needs of mountain people and territories
In addition to general skills required at European level in the field of information and communication technologies, renewable energy, engineering, etc. mountain regions need people trained for specific jobs in the tourism and hospitality sector, food processing, local industry and other different seasonal sectors. Special attention must also be given to gender issues.
To ensure the provision of a suitable, high-quality offer of education and training Euromontana chose to work with its members on this theme. Through our activities we ask for supply of education and training that is both diverse and focused on key needs and the context of mountain regions, with an integrated approach.
Policy – representation
Follow up of activities at European level: Euromontana closely monitors and informs its members about European news on training and education, European policy developments, etc.
Contribution to the EU legislative process: Euromontana contributes with feedback to legislative reports of the European institutions (European Commission, European Parliament, Committee of Regions, Economic and Social Committee).
- Annual conference of Euromontana: “How to support mountain innovative entrepreneurship?”, 7 of November of 2013. Check here the webpage of the conference.
- Organisation of a workshop “Education and training possibilities to stimulate development in mountain areas” within the VIIth European Mountain Convention, in Lillehammer, Norway in September 2010: See the presentations and the report from the workshop on the VIIth European Mountain Convention here.
- Organisation of a dissemination seminar with good practices on education and training in Torino, Italy, in November 2010: see presentations from the seminar and the seminar report here
- PADIMA – Policies against depopulation in mountain areas – an INTERREG IV C project with 8 partners from 5 European countries, focusing on the collection and exchange of good practices within the sector of education and training, as well as on identifying the needs of some case study areas as regards education and training. To know more about PADIMA click here.