New CHARTER Alliance will unite and professionalise the European cultural heritage sector

New CHARTER Alliance will unite and professionalise the European cultural heritage sector

ENCATC is proud to be a partner of the European Cultural Heritage Skills Alliance CHARTER, which brings together the expertise of some of the leading organisations in cultural heritage to ensure a long-lasting and durable sector. Over four years, the Erasmus+ funded project will professionalise the sector and further demonstrate its contribution to sustainable and thriving societies and economies.

The project stems from the lack of statistical recognition of the cultural heritage (CH) sector. Without this, the economic impact of the sector goes unnoticed and consequently, the sector’s potential to strengthen European cultural identities and social cohesion cannot be realised. The initiative Cultural Heritage Actions to Refine Training, Education and Roles (CHARTER) will combine newly gathered knowledge of sector specific competencies and skills with already existing findings and recommendations to streamline a novel strategic approach to sectoral cooperation.

CHARTER unites 47 European cultural heritage actors covering 5 fields of analysis: safeguarding and preservation; crafts and traditional knowledge; dissemination and communication; knowledge and planning and management. Their combined expertise guarantees an evidence based holistic approach towards the heritage sector’s challenges and needs. The Alliance values an integrated approach that favours participative decision making processes according to the partners’ level of engagement with CH, their competences, expertise and experience.

The organisations behind CHARTER represent both demand and supply sides. All are aware of the specific educational, occupational and economic frameworks, policies and agendas of the EU that guide each work area and profession, as well the mechanisms required for up-skilling and reskilling to sustainably address the needs of a changing sector and its workforce.

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