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European Week of Regions and Cities

Young brains, regional gains!

A European youth with skills for the future is a prerequisite for the green and digital transitions, and this year highlights the need to involve more people in the labour market. Join our interactive space to discuss regional challenges and discover good practices on equipping youth with relevant skills to empower them for the future. We present inspiration from ES, NL, NO, FR and DK: Extremadura, Leeuwarden, Rogaland, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Ringsted. We welcome your active participation!

  • Local and regional | Climate and environment | Education and culture | Youth and citizens engagement | Digital and ICT | Jobs and Employment
  • Code: 09RP23436
  • Rue de Treves 59-61 Brussels 1040 Belgium House of the Dutch Provinces, Auditorium


Beatrice Sarto

  • Assistant, European Commission - DG REGIO, Outermost Regions unit


Practical information

Mon 09/10/2023, 16:30 - 17:30 CET
Rue de Treves 59-61 Brussels 1040 Belgium House of the Dutch Provinces, Auditorium
Regional Partnership
Retaining talent for regional growth
Social media
Greater Copenhagen EU Office


Session summary

How do we empower young people and equip them with skills for the future? This was discussed during Young Brains, Regional Gains.

The session brought together five inspiring initiatives from Extremadura (Spain), Leeuwarden (Netherlands), Rogaland (Norway), Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (France) and Ringsted (Denmark):

- Education Adviser Sonia Barrás Nogales explained how the Extremadura region supports schools in designing classrooms of the future and enhancing educational spaces by equipping them with devices, technical support and improvement projects.

- Coordinator Carla Dijkstra explained how the MBO Rebound program in Leeuwarden re-engages secondary vocational education students who are stuck. Through personal contact and an action plan, MBO Rebound helps students get back on track - and back to school.

- CEO Frank Moen explained how Energy Innovation bridges the gap between wind industry and education, and how the upper secondary school of Dalane has developed a wind technician education mainly targeting 16-19 year olds.

- Launched by the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region, the Regional Digital Campus near Lyon hosts a digital creation centre called TUMO. Here, students aged 12-18 explore free, extracurricular programs within animation, film, robotics, music, 3D modeling, graphic design, programming, and video games. Video:

- International Coordinator Sofie Tønsberg-Jensen explained how FGU Midt- og Østsjælland creates alternative learning environments and engages young people with fewer opportunities in Erasmus+.

Thanks to all the panelists, including Beatrice Sarto from DG EMPL, and to Berwyn Davies for moderating the session!

To discover more skills-related activities, visit the Year of Skills website: