On 25 September 2023, EARLALL’s Annual Meeting took place in Florence, which was kindly hosted by EARLALL’s member region and Vice-Presidency of the network, Tuscany Region. This year’s edition gathered 30 members who had the opportunity to discover the local skills ecosystems in the Italian region.
The annual meeting is the network’s opportunity to take stock of the previous year and to present the next work plans and priorities.This year’s annual meetings were opened by Ms. Alessandra Nardini, Regional Minister of VET, Education, Universities and Research in Tuscany, as well as by the current EARLALL President Mr. Rikardo Lamadrid, Director General of New Technologies and Advanced Learning, Regional Ministry of Education, the Basque Country.
Ms. Nardini highlighted the significance of working together in such a network as EARLALL. She underlined the importance of lifelong learning, focusing not only on the perspective of adults but also on those who are young. Moreover, outlining the challenges that all EARLALL regions and indeed all regions in Europe face in the green and digital transition, Ms. Nardini said that “joining our forces is important because we are stronger than if we are alone.”
The main highlights of the Annual Meeting included the introduction for the first time at EARLALL of 5-year strategic priorities. The priorities are: Skills for the future, Resilient Societies, International Mobility and Outreach and Forefront of EU Policy.
Moreover, EARLALL is delighted to welcome the region Centre Val de Loire as a full member of the network, and Taith (Wales’ International Exchange Programme) as an associate member. Participants heard from video address by the President of Centre Val de Loire, Mr. François Bonneau, who highlighted the region’s desire to stay in line with the latest transitions in changes in professions related to the green and digital transition, all while keeping a social balance and a fair society. Taith’s ambitions to strengthen their cooperation with their European counterparts were shared by Mr. Walter Brooks, FE, VET, Adult Education and Higher Education Programme Manager. Mr Lamadrid welcomed both and emphasized how the growing network paralleled the growing outreach capacity of the organisation.
After a successful Annual Meeting, participants were welcomed to join the Stride For Stride study visits in Tuscany, gaining an in-depth understanding of the regional skills ecosystem.
The 2024 Annual Meeting will be held in Catalonia.