Engaging enterprises

Engaging enterprises in skills development

For sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience in countries of the EU neighbourhood and Central Asia

The ETF’s initiative ‘Skills for Enterprise Development’ focuses on enterprise practices and engagement in skills development. It addresses the need for skills adaptation and enhancement enabling enterprises to respond and manage challenges, including the crisis generated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and within a longer term perspective, contribute to a greener, inclusive and innovative society.

What are the objectives?

The initiative has two overarching objectives supporting the overall vision of engaging enterprises in skills development, and to support them to develop the skills they need to boost sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience.

  • The first is to promote across intermediary bodies, social partners and public bodies, the central role of skills in supporting enterprises of all sectors and size in their recovery and future competitiveness demands, in particular through promoting inclusive skills strategies, supporting innovation and greening.
  • The second is to provide a platform for international exchange and knowledge creation in support of the development of enabling eco-systems, through learning and policy guidance, to support the transformation of enterprises, investments in skills development, upskilling and re-skilling.

What are the main activities?

  • Promoting and working closely with networks and initiatives at both international and national level, from intermediary bodies, social partners, public actors and enterprises, focusing on skills development, up-skilling and re-skilling. 
  • Supporting skills development programs for enterprise development, through leveraging on initiatives organized by intermediary bodies.
  • Enabling and contributing to networking good practices, experiences and tools to support skills identification and development in enterprises, in particular through leveraging on peer support, mentoring and coaching, and international good practice sharing.
  • Catalyzing innovation through supporting design thinking and innovation generation, acceleration and matching for the benefit of skills development in enterprises.

Who are the partners?

The initiative brings national, local and sectorial public and private networks in an international exchange and dialogue, facilitating the exchange among networks as well as with the EU stakeholders, international organizations and innovative enterprises sharing the purpose of the initiative. It engages in evidence collection and sharing good practices examples.

In 2020/2021, together with countries’ stakeholders and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) a study was launched to detect how innovative enterprises in the agribusiness sector in Georgia, Morocco, Serbia, Turkey, Uzbekistan have put in place inclusive skills strategies and practices to enhance their resilience in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis and how skills have been supportive of demanded changes.

The ETF cooperates with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to detect how the industrial-manufacturing sector has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and how practices in enterprises have changed across the globe in relation to skills development, upskilling and reskilling.

How can I get involved?

  • Contact us to present your network or to create a new one in your sector, country, region. Networks will adhere to a joint purpose and share practices and results with other networks internationally. In return we will support your objectives, contribute through expertise, facilitation, coaching and brokering opportunities for your network to achieve its objectives.
  • Join our webinars and meetings by seeking dates and modalities for participation on the ETF’s website and Open Space.
  • Contact us to join the initiative as international partner, contributing through joint knowledge development, supporting specific actions internationally or at sector/national level. We will be glad to join forces for maximizing international public support to the benefit of skills development programs and actions.

More information

Skills for Enterprise Development Leaflet
ETF EBRD Inclusive Skills Agribusiness - Final Report ETF template