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The permanent digital revolution, the recent global pandemic, new intercontinental economic leaderships and environmental upheavals are profoundly shaking up local economies. They highlight the fragility of the environment and ecosystems as well as reveal the interdependencies between local businesses and their international markets. In doing so, they subject supply chains in long supply chains to a hitherto unknown tension by causing occasional disruptions in the markets for goods and services that are sometimes very difficult to substitute.


These major developments are combined with the successive shutdowns of the economy, and point more than ever to the urgent need to support territorial transitions in employment and skills. There is no natural mechanism in economics that ensures this transition. Job losses are then numerous as well as the creation of new activities. Many people see their jobs permanently threatened in the short term. New jobs and new skills are needed to support the dynamics of small local businesses. Rural territories are at the forefront of this development, witnessing for several years significant population movements from neighboring territories to distant continents.


The project is to create and sustain a European network of entrepreneurial ecosystems based on skills specific to the territories . It will provide entrepreneurs with the many skills necessary in their management of the company and in particular HR management skills. .


The first challenge is to seek balances between job demands and available offers, taking into account population movements and therefore deploying the most inclusive strategies possible. It is also a question of allowing the generations present on the territory to access the jobs that are being created in local companies or to create their own activities according to societal changes.


The second challenge is to generate a form of dialogue between the anticipation of business activities and skills and the aspirations of individuals who will have to pilot their own path. The search for a balance between the economic, social and environmental dimension should take place over a longer period of time, thus taking into account the course of life.


The third challenge is to adapt training systems to make them more agile, meeting the needs of individuals and companies and designed both locally and internationally.

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Context of the project

Our public institutions and our associative organizations have many technical and above all organizational resources to support this movement, but these remain untapped. However, these structures were created according to needs in the past years and in very different contexts, they must face future challenges.  

The project consists of presenting the project at European level with two components:

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An innovation component on job and skills management tools, one of the specificities of which is to associate the various stakeholders concerned at the territorial level. This involves capitalizing on the innovative initiatives of each program partner.

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A component for anticipating activities and supporting innovative training through strategic skills. It is a matter of deepening via participatory research (researchers, consultants, practitioners, etc.) carried out at the local level and organized in a network.

SMEs and VSEs form the vast majority of the business network in the territories. However, they mention serious obstacles to their development:

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The isolation of their professions hampering the capacity for innovation and anticipation

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Lack of time for human resources management… one of the company's main resources

How to take these needs into account and provide territorial solutions?

At the same time, the life course of individuals is changing less and less linearly. The choice of places of residence is often independent of the choice of place of employment. Territory changes are becoming more and more common.

How can these aspirations be taken into account, foresee the movements and include the populations in the territory?

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The questions asked

How to make the territory a space for management and resources for businesses and to promote the social inclusion of populations?


How are specific territorial skills a tool for enhancing people and facilitating sustainable economic development?



How to truly innovate in the field of services to companies and individuals in favor of local employment?



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Our assumptions

•Other European countries have tools and approaches that can be transposed to our territories… It is necessary to know them better!

• The territory is a space of innovation for many sectors of activity and specific sectors, it is also the place of multiple partnerships for the benefit of a common interest

•The correct scale to work on the subject is the European scale

•By taking time for the capitalization phase… we are all getting ahead of the territories

•Specific territorial skills make it possible to manage career paths while promoting the competitive competitiveness of local businesses. They allow the anchoring of companies and the social inclusion of the inhabitants.

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Identify innovative practices in entrepreneurship and management of jobs and skills

Experiment in each territory

Travel to partner territories and observation points to analyze tools and approaches and meet the actors who have implemented them

Transversal component: Communicate and capitalize on the entire process

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