Skills and smart specialisation: the role of vocational education and training in smart specialisation strategies

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Author: Hazelkorn, Ellen; Edwards, John


'Smart specialisation' is a policy concept that promotes knowledge-based development, especially at regional level, through the identification of a limited number of funding priorities. The smart specialisation approach has been part of EU regional innovation policy since 2010 and yet the role of skills and vocational education and training in implementing smart specialisation strategies has only recently attracted attention. Despite being raised in earlier policy documents, it was the 2017 Communication on Strengthening Innovation in Europe's Regions, drawing on experience of...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Vocational education and training; Skills and knowledge; Innovation

Keywords: Institutional role; Knowledge economy; Economic growth; Skill development; Skilled worker; Regional; European Union

Geographic subjects: Europe

Published: Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2019

Physical description: 38 p.

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ISBN: 9789276118893 (pdf); 9789276118909 (print)

ISSN: 1831-9424 (pdf), 1018-5593 (print)

More information about the 2017 Communication on Strengthening Innovation in Europe's Regions may be found at:

Resource type: Report

Call number: TD/TNC 139.248

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