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- Matching skills with labour market needs
- Europe’s deep financial and economic crisis has worsened the mismatch between skills people have and those the labour market wants. EU Member States struggle with high unemployment, shrinking GDP and budget constraints. Yet difficult circumstances can also bring opportunities for bold change and action. Cedefop will explore these opportunities at a conference on 12 and 13 June.
- Tertiary attainment – sustained progress by European Union Member States
- Almost half of Member States have reached the Europe 2020 target of 40% of people aged 30-34 holding a higher education degree or equivalent qualification, according to the latest data. Since the target was announced in 2010, progress has been steady, rising by around one percentage point a year. If current trends continue, the European Union should meet its target by the end of the decade.
- Belgium: what future for young job-seekers in Wallonia?
- The economic slowdown of the past two years raises concerns for the situation of young job-seekers on the labour market. What new developments are related to the professional insertion of new young job-seekers into the labour market? Which factors contribute to successful transition? These are some of the issues addressed in the latest edition of the Le Forem survey.
- A head start for young people with vocational education
- In the EU, 79% of vocational education graduates were working in 2009.
- Germany - Recognition in Germany
- ‘Recognition in Germany’ is the new information portal for the German government's Recognition Law. This portal provides up-to-date information on the legal basis and procedures for recognition of foreign professional qualifications. If you would like to have a professional qualification acquired abroad recognised in Germany, you can use this portal to find the competent body and your local contact centre.
- Skills mismatch: The role of the enterprise
- Understanding the dynamics of skill mismatch is a crucial component of Cedefop’s work on skills in the European labour market.
- Europe's skills challenge
- The main findings of Cedefop’s latest skill demand and supply forecast for the European Union (1) (EU) for 2010-20 (Box 1), indicate that although further economic troubles will affect the projected number of job opportunities, the major trends, including a shift to more skill-intensive jobs and more jobs in services, will continue.
- At greater risk: migrants and minorities face wider skills mismatch
- Cedefop’s recent research paper, Migrants, minorities, mismatch? Skill mismatch among migrants and ethnic minorities in Europe shows that migrants from outside the European Union - over half of the total migrant population of 6.8% of the employed population of the EU – typically find jobs beneath their real skills level (‘overeducation’), while ethnic minorities are more likely to lack the educational level required by jobs (“undereducation”). So what can policy-makers do to make better use of these workers' potential?
- New member of Cedefop's skills team
- Konstantinos Pouliakas, previously a Research Fellow of Economics at the Centre for European Labour Market Research of the University of Aberdeen, joined the Research and Policy Analysis team in April. He will be focusing on the anticipation and evaluation of skill needs within key sectors of the European economy and on the issue skills mismatch in companies.
- Are your skills and qualifications relevant? Companies lament job applicant education and training for ICT specialist jobs
- In almost all Member States, more than 40 % of enterprises considered the lack of relevant qualifications from education and /or training to be a key reason why vacancies for ICT specialist jobs were hard to fill.
- Employers’ surveys - Members only
- This Cedefop’s initiative explores the potential of employers’ survey as a tool to identify skill needs and skill gaps at workplace level. The aim is to develop a tool or instrument to reliably identify future needs of skills, competences, occupations and qualifications in public and private enterprises in Europe as input for broader skill needs analyses.
Cedefop looks into selected sectors of the economy to identify new and emerging skill needs. Sectoral workshops are organised regularly to discuss the current situation and the development potential of a particular sector focusing on future skill requirements. A background study, if available, workshop proceedings and a Skillsnet ‘sector flash’ are published by Cedefop after each sectoral workshop highlighting the main trends, developments and skill needs in the sector.
Cedefop has looked into selected sectors of the economy to identify the latest trends and skill needs. It investigates future skill needs but mainly the emergence of new skill needs which are not (yet) covered by related policies and statistics. This information is necessary for future-oriented policies, defining and validating skills, knowledge and competences and implementing them in curricula, training regulations, and qualification standards as well as using them for vocational guidance.
- Forecasting skill demand and supply - Members only
- Skill supply and demand forecasts provide comprehensive information on the future labour market trends using skills as the key parameter. The forecasts aim to help different labour market actors - employees, employers, students and parents, social partners, policy makers - to take informed decisions and appropriate action concerning the labour market. The forecast acts as an early warning mechanism to improve interaction between education and training systems (covering all types and at all levels) and the labour market and to avoid potential skill imbalances.
- Continuing earlier activities on older workers and lifelong learning, this project aims to increase understanding of and provide new insights into ageing and work through new research. Its purpose is to support evidence-based active ageing policies in the context of widespread population ageing in many western societies.
- Cedefop investigates skill mismatch and skills obsolescence in Europe. It does so to help policy makers detect skill mismatch problems so that they can prevent them. The project aims to explore how different trends shape skill needs, how learning contributes to skill supply and to what extent Europe suffers from skill mismatch.