About the Flagship
Innovation depends on the successful nurture, attraction and retention of talented individuals and a diverse array of skills. High quality education and attractive working conditions are thus key to attracting and ensuring a flow of highly skilled and talented individuals that can contribute to achieving wider policy priorities including the twin transition and a competitive edge in strategic value chains. In the light of the adopted New European Innovation Agenda, actions have been established to ensure European retain and attract talent from across Europe and beyond.
Deep tech talent initiative
End of the Action
The European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) is implementing The Deep Tech Talent Initiative by skilling one million people in deep tech fields over the next three years. This pioneering talent development initiative will secure the future of Europe’s competitiveness and address the most pressing global challenges by promoting cutting-edge technologies and a sustainable entrepreneurship and innovation culture in education and training.
Innovation Internship Scheme
Publication of the call
Evaluation and announcement of results
Start of the scheme
The European Innovation Council (EIC) will launch the Next Generation Innovation Talents Scheme in the first quarter of 2024. The Scheme will offer over 600 internships in EIC and EIT supported companies to researchers and aspiring innovators from various Horizon Europe funded programmes. It will allow to the participating companies and interns to benefit from each other’s knowledge and experience thus boosting further the research and innovation potential of the EU. The scheme will be implemented in collaboration with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and its Knowledge and Innovation Communities, the European Research Council, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions and the Horizon Europe Research Infrastructure programme.
Digital Europe programme
Publication of Digital Work programme 2023-24
Publication of call
The European Commission will continue to provide training support to Higher Education Institutes (HEIs), including European Universities Alliances, businesses and research and innovation centres through the Digital Europe programme. This will include the training of specialists in fields such as data science, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and microelectronics to support the future deployment of such technologies across all economic sectors.
Launch an EU Talent Pool
Launch of the first phase of the Platform
Launch of the second phase of the Platform
In partnership with interested Member States and stakeholders, European Commission will design an EU Talent Pool, an EU-wide platform, a matching tool to help European businesses, including startups, to find the talents that they are not able to find in the European labour market. This will increase the mobility of skilled individuals towards and within Europe through international recruitment and by supporting matchmaking between EU-based employers and qualified nationals of non-EU countries wishing to work and move legally to the EU.
Endorsement of the Working Group by the EIC Forum Plenary
Kick off meeting and launch of the Working Group
Working Group progress and report
The European Commission has established a working group on employees’ stock options under the EIC Forum to explore approaches to tackle the administrative barriers that currently limit the uptake of employees’ stock options across the EU. The Forum will in the first instance allow the Commission and Member States to exchange information and share best practice with a view to facilitating a coordinated approach across the EU.
Establish women leading deep-tech innovation
Kick-off meeting and launch of the programme
The EIC Women Leadership Programme is a skills and networking opportunities enhancement initiative for female researchers and entrepreneurs of EIC beneficiaries. It stimulates women to advance in their careers by leading the transition of their research to market, creating their own spin-off or spin-outs, and taking over leading positions in existing companies and helps women entrepreneurs reinforce their leadership role and obtain follow up investments.
The programme consists of joint training sessions, individual personal mentoring and business coaching and networking opportunities. Two cohorts supporting more than 130 participants have been implemented so far. In the last cohort, EIC has partnered with EIT and included a limited number of participants coming from EIT supported companies. The partnership continues for the third cohort, onboarding 50 participants and taking place between April and June 2023. Participants of the last cohort reported 31% total increase of skills.
Establish a peer learning education and innovation practice community
The European Commission, in partnership with the OECD, is establishing a peer learning education and innovation practice community. To cultivate the competencies needed to drive deep-tech innovation and foster the twin green and digital transition, this Community will contribute to more effective policymaking by spurring innovation in education. Interested stakeholders (education institutions, policy-makers and businesses) will reflect on a holistic approach towards (i) fostering innovation skills and mindsets from an early age, (ii) supporting higher education institutions in integrating innovation in their curriculum and (iii) expanding the role of higher education institutions and adult learning providers in up- and reskilling strategies.
Extending the EIT Girls Go Circular Project to cover all EU Member States
26.000 girls trained in 15 countries
The Girls Go Circular Project aims to equip by 2024 40,000 schoolgirls, aged 14-19, across Europe with digital and entrepreneurial skills through an online learning programme about the circular economy. In addition to expanding the project to all EU Member States, innovative learning materials with a focus on deep tech, aligned with the EIT Deep Tech Talent Initiative, will raise girls’ awareness about deep tech subjects.
So far, over 26 000 girls have been trained in 15 countries, including Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia, North Macedonia, Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine.
In 2023, Girls Go Circular will expand to Germany, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Estonia, Ireland, Austria and Luxembourg.
In 2024, all other EU Member States will follow in order to provide these learning opportunities to girls everywhere in the EU.
The Erasmus+ Alliances for Innovation foster Europe’s innovation capacity through cooperation and flow of knowledge among higher education, vocational education and training (both initial and continuous), and the broader socio-economic environment.
From 2023, the Erasmus+ Alliances for Innovation will support the development of entrepreneurial skills with a particular focus on deep tech skills. This will support and complement the development of incubators within HEIs, in close cooperation with the entrepreneurial sector, to help student
entrepreneurs turn their ideas into businesses, as announced in the European strategy for universities.