The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will roll out its annual Civil Society Days in March 2022. As in previous years, this flagship civil society conference exhibits a space for citizens, organised civil society and European institutions to engage in an inclusive process with an eye on addressing the major societal challenges the EU currently faces in shaping its future.
The Civil Society Days event is a symbol of the cooperation between the EESC and the members of the EESC Liaison Group representing European civil society organisations and networks. LLLP, as a member of this Liaison Group, has been working in tandem with a number of other civil society organisations to co-construct an event that is rooted in and mindful of the challenges the EU currently faces. One particularly burning challenge revolves around how to foster an economy that works for people and the planet in unison.
Under the overarching topic of The EU as a driver of shared prosperity – civil society for an economy that works for people and the planet, participants of the event will explore how to ensure that the transition to a more sustainable economy and planet coincides with and promotes the EU’s fundamental rights and principles: solidarity, human rights, democracy, social justice and equality. Through this event it is hoped that the value of genuine dialogue between the Committee and European civil society organisations and networks can be showcased and strengthened.
The event will hold eight interactive workshops in total, covering a number of aspects pertaining to the overarching topic noted above. LLLP, alongside The European Federation of National Engineering Associations (FEANI) and the European Association of Institutes for Vocational Training (EVBB), has co-formulated a workshop titled Upskilling opportunities for all.
In line with the theme of shared prosperity, this workshop will delve into the social justice dimension of upskilling, acknowledging that for many, upskilling remains firmly out of reach due to financial constraints, time-poverty, and the foregone wages related to pursuing education and/or training. The rise of work precarity and in-work poverty add further fuel to the fire – with more and more workers having little control over their time; let alone the opportunity to pursue learning opportunities.
How can upskilling sensitise itself to the needs of those marginalised – taking into account the barriers noted above? What shape and form might an – equity proof – conception of upskilling take? And how can this be further realised?
Upskilling opportunities for all will take place on the 15 March from 14.00 – 16.00 CET