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Island relies on ‘quality of its human resources’

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Upskilling and lifelong-learning are essential prerequisites in a rapidly evolving labour market, President Nikos Christodoulides said on Friday at the presentation of the National Action Plan for the European Year of Skills.

The decision of the EU to designate the current year as the European Year of Skills is of great importance for Europe and Cyprus, the president said, noting that the island “relies on the quality of its human resources”.

Christodoulides explained the philosophy behind the action plan using a quote from Steve Jobs: “You can’t force productivity; you must provide the tools to let people become their best selves.”

The plan, Modern Professional Development for Green and Digital Transition, lays solid foundations for upgrading the skills of our human resources. Through its implementation, the government will enhance a contemporary professional culture, promote specialisation and certification, and target vocational education for those in genuine need.

“The ever-evolving world of work requires us to embrace lifelong learning and continuous upgrading of knowledge and skills.

“It is necessary for the transition to the new era that we all aspire to,” he added.

Christodoulides reiterated how “the government is working towards a human-cantered development model, aiming to broaden the productive base of the economy.”

The human potential “is our most valuable asset” the president declared.

We must support and invest in our human potential to strengthen the Cypriot core of the economy and establish sustainable economic growth and competitiveness for our country.

This is an essential prerequisite in a rapidly evolving international economic environment that demands the enhancement of adaptability and innovation, Christodoulides said.

But to achieve this, we need to cultivate a culture of learning, innovation and continuous education, he added.

This requires the collaboration of all stakeholders, including social partners, the business world, civil society organisations and citizens.

“As a state, we have a responsibility to cultivate an environment that supports lifelong learning and the creation of quality and secure job positions,” the president said.

The National Action Plan for the European Year of Skills is implemented by the labour ministry in collaboration with the education ministry, the deputy ministry of research, innovation, and digital policy, and the environment commissioner.

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