The meetings took place in June 2017 and brought together 34 representatives and stakeholders from different cultural and heritage organisations, associations, NGOs and networks.
As a result a brainstorming report was published and presented to the European Commission on 25 September 2017.
The main findings, which aim to result in new policies and funding opportunities, include:
- Heritage professionals require broad skillsets, in depth expertise and a strong foundation in ethics.
- The “traditional” sectoral skills need to be updated and made more relevant to the new integrated approach.
- Those with professional expertise need their existing profiles defined in relation to necessary: education, competences, access, practical application of skills, and responsibilities towards cultural heritage
- Education and training should be broader, go beyond the “traditional” competences and skills involved in cultural heritage professions. The new subjects that need to receive increased attention are: transversal skills, ethics, expertise for new forms of heritage and transversal approach and multidisciplinary work.
- The two-way influence between principle and practice needs to be fostered, in academia, in vocational education and in cooperation with professionals in the field.
- It is necessary to identify/map professions; demonstrate their position in the European Qualification Frameworkrealistically; locate needs to improve capacity building and recognise professions where they are acting responsibly, and where they could beneficially develop.
- Ensure the core competencies are considered within the scope of recruitment, training and policy making. It will enable increased resilience and innovation for cultural heritage
Please find the complete report here.