Skills Community of Practice (SkillsCoP)

Competences required to tackle the Green and Digital transitions as well as current skills gaps in the labour market are the drivers behind the EURASHE Community of Practice on Skills. The launch of such a Community was previously on the EURASHE agenda, yet the designation of 2023 as the European Year of Skills by Commission President von der Leyen creates the momentum for prioritizing this crosscutting topic and joining forces to support the upskilling and reskilling in Europe. It is strongly aligned with the European Skills Agenda and The European Pillar of Social Rights that place as a first principle the right to quality and inclusive education, training and life-long learning for people’s skills development adapted to society’s needs.

The Skills Community of Practice will bring together institutions, associations and policymakers working on skills development within the Education & Training sector, providing a space for learning and new ideas for optimising skills ecosystems at national and regional levels. In collaboration with Mondragon University, everyone involved in this event will be in a position to contribute with experience and knowledge for shaping together the future of skills in Europe!


Feb 2023

Face-to-face | Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain


Venue: Bilbao Berrikuntza Faktoria, Uribitarte Kalea, 6, Paseo Uribitarte, 3, 48001 Bilbao, Biscay

9h00 – 09h30 Registrations & welcome coffee

09h30 – 09h45



Setting the scene – EURASHE Skills CoP 

Mondragon University and EURASHE  


Keynote speech

Margarida Bacigalupo, Joint Research Centre, European Commission  



Panel discussion 

Moderator: John Edwards  

  • Basque government  
  • Modragon Corporation 
  • Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, Professor for Education Management and Lifelong Learning at Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DBHW) 
  • OECD  
11h15 – 11h30  Coffee break and departure to AS Fabrik at  Zorrotzaurre Island 
11h4513h15   Visit of Mondragon University Campus – AS Fabrik  
13h00-14h15  Lunch at AS Fabrik and back to Bilbao Berrikuntza Faktoria   
14h1515h00   Workshop 1: Role of higher education in addressing skills gaps 
15h0015h45  Workshop 2:  Future Skills and Competences 
15:45 – 16h00  Coffee break 
16h00 – 16h45  Workshop 3: Regional Skills Ecosystems 
16h45 – 17h15   Closing panel discussion with workshop reporters 
17h15 – 17h30  Next steps in the EURASHE Community of Practice on Skills 
17h30 – 19h00  Cocktail reception