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A pragmatic guide to reskilling

Updated on 23.05.2023

The Intelligent Cities Challenge (ICC) is an initiative of the European Commission that supports 136 cities in using cutting-edge technologies to lead the intelligent, green and social responsible recovery. ICC finds it important that cities and regions invest in (re)skilling, because skills are needed to make sure that the local and regional economies are flourishing. This guide can help public authorities to design a reskilling initiative.

Author: European Commission
Year of update: 2021

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This is a step-by-step guide the reader can choose to follow from the beginning to the end or focus on one or several steps that are of most interest:

  • Build and mobilise the reskilling ecosystem
  • Identify the city's future skills needs
  • Design solutions
  • Implement solutions
  • Monitor progress and adjust

Relevance for Circular Systemic Solutions

This methodology describes five phases to develop and implement reskilling initiatives. The five phases in this reskilling guide are: build an ecosystem; identify the city's future skills needs; design solutions; implement solutions; and monitor progress. Every phase is described in detail in the report.

Furthermore, the document presents relevant tools and instruments to use in the reskilling process, key success factors for reskilling, funding models, lessons learned in case studies and good practices from front runners.

There are a number of reasons why reskilling is very important for the transition to a circular economy. Skill gaps threaten the future growth of many organisations, thus developing skills will enable public authorities to maximise the talent of the workforce, take advantage of emerging technologies and drive innovation to meet the demands of the circular transition. Also, reskilling has a positive effect on the social aspects of a circular economy – namely, increasing equity in the labour market and making circular jobs accessible to everybody possible. Lastly, the impacts of reskilling are good for the design of Circular Systemic Solutions, as these solutions are often driven by technologies and innovations which often require skilled workforce to design or operate/maintain.