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The Future of Human Workforce: Embracing Change, Challenges, and Opportunities

Call: EU Citizens engagement and participation 

Project number: 101146985


Project Partners:

Well-being Lab (Sweden)

UC Leuven-Limburg with UC Limburg vzw. Universities of Applied Sciences UCLL (Belgium)

The Faculty of Organisation Studies in Novo mesto (Slovenia)

Institute of Social and Economic Research of Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy)

The BRU-Iscte Organizational Behavior & Human Resources (Portugal)

Fundacja „Fundusz Inicjatyw” (Poland)

Innovation Hive (Greece)

Comparative Research Network (Germany)

The National Commission for the Promotion of Equality (Malta)

The project proposal focuses on the future development of the human workforce, with the aim of exploring critical aspects related to its future development. The importance of the project and its focus on the scope of the call is evident in several key dimensions, primarily driven by technological advances, including automation, artificial intelligence, and robotics. These technological advances have significantly reshaped industries and lead to the emergence of novel job roles and unimagined employment opportunities that were just until recently unimaginable. The anticipated changes in the labour force will therefore require a corresponding change in the skills, competencies, and capacities of people actively participating in the labour market. In addition, it is critical to address the compelling task of reshaping workplace dynamics and prioritizing workforce well-being, as this aspect becomes increasingly important, especially in the face of labour shortages. By taking a comprehensive view of these interrelated aspects, it becomes imperative to address all of the above elements in order to maintain global competitiveness of European countries in an ever-evolving world and contribute to the necessary transformation of the labour market. The project meets the goals and scope of the call for CERV Citizens proposals by encouraging the democratic participation of diverse target groups of citizens and residents, with the focus on the employees, employers, HR experts, organizational leaders and managers, policy makers, youth, NGOs, and other relevant experts from the labour market, as they can offer in-depth information about their current and anticipated future expectations on the labour market. By engaging these stakeholders in meaningful discussions about future workforce development, the project enables their participation in the policy-making process, which allows for an exchange of views and the co-creation of Europe's future through their valuable contributions. The project also strengthens participants' awareness of their rights and knowledge of EU policies by examining and sharing lessons learned and best practices related to labour
market challenges.
To facilitate knowledge sharing and future reference, the project will compile and curate a comprehensive "knowledge repository" that will provide easy access to insights, data, and conclusions from the project. This knowledge repository ensures effective knowledge sharing, supports evidence-based decision making, and promotes transparency within the project's target audience and beyond. In addition, the project places special emphasis on inclusivity by focusing on the engagement of younger and older people, women, and people with disabilities, promoting broader and more diverse democratic participation. By inviting policymakers and developing policy recommendations, the project provides a practical link between the views and concerns of citizens and policymakers at all levels, consistent with the goal of empowering citizens to effectively communicate their views. The comprehensive approach of this project, encompassing democratic participation, knowledge dissemination and political influence, contributes to citizens' knowledge of their rights, deepening their understanding of EU policies and strengthening their democratic engagement, thus supporting the expected impact of the call.

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