Policy Board

Policy Board

The Policy Board (PB) stands as a milestone of collaborative innovation, comprised of regional and national bodies dedicated to shaping the landscape of Smart Specialization Strategies (S3) and educational policies. Its objective is clear: to drive forward the advancement of digital eco-innovation within the realm of Advanced Manufacturing (AM), while fostering regional development and social cohesion.
The Mission: At the core of our mission lies the ambition to define and implement a “COVE skills ecosystems for innovation, regional development, and social cohesion governance model.” In alignment with EU recommendations and informed by the insights gleaned from our project, EXCEED, the PB is committed to crafting policies that mainstream digital eco-innovation in AM, while addressing the diverse needs of stakeholders at regional and national levels.
Key Objectives: The PB’s objectives are multifaceted, with a focus on knowledge sharing, analysis, and data-driven policy development:

    1. Knowledge Sharing and Analysis: Through collaborative efforts, PB aim to facilitate the exchange of insights, best practices, and strategic information essential for advancing S3 strategies and educational policies in the AM sector. This involves:
      a. Sharing insights on local S3 strategies in Advanced Manufacturing.
      b. Collaborating on VET internationalization strategies, with a focus on EQF 4,5 VET opportunities.
      c. Addressing talent retention and attraction policies in alignment with project objectives.
      d. Promoting policies for upskilling and reskilling of low-skilled adults.
      e. Analyzing different skills ecosystems governance models and funding mechanisms.
      f. Utilizing Observatory results to inform decision-making and policy formulation.
      g. Data-Driven Policy Development: Leveraging data-driven insights, the PB endeavors to:
      i. Assess the impact of Observatory results on skills ecosystems governance models and S3 strategies.
      ii. Foster cross-regional cooperation and synergies to support international mobility policies for VET students and staff.
      iii. Propose action plans for sustainable COVE governance approaches, including funding models and intervention measures.

Operational Framework: To facilitate collaboration and knowledge exchange, PB members convene online biannually and during five transnational study visits. These visits coincide with project milestones and are in line with partner meetings in Italy, Spain, Finland, Czech Republic, and Greece.