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Identifying skills needs

To identify and anticipate future skill needs and potential skill mismatches, Cedefop undertakes various European level research activities. It produces regular skill supply and demand forecasts for Europe and analyses the potential labour market imbalances. Cedefop also investigates skill and competence needs in selected sectors and explores a common European approach to enterprise surveys on changing skill needs. Cedefop also animates Skillsnet, a network of experts in the field of early identification of skills needs. All these activities support implementation of the European Commission’s flagship initiative: an agenda for new skills and jobs.
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  • Forecasting skill needs: Cedefop produces regular skill supply and demand forecasts for Europe and analyses the potential labour market imbalances.
  • Employers’ survey: Cedefop explores a common European approach to enterprise surveys on changing skill needs, to identify and analyse skill, competence and training needs at the workplace.
  • Skills for the green economy: Cedefop investigates the impact environmental and climate change policy, low-carbon technologies and environmental awareness have on future skills within and across sectors.
  • Skill needs in sectors: Cedefop also investigates skill and competence needs in selected sectors, to enrich knowledge on future skill needs in Europe by complementary qualitative and quantitative information.
  • Analysing skill mismatch: Cedefop carries out theoretical and empirical research to provide policy makers with evidence and possible implications.

Work is carried out in close cooperation with members of Cedefop’s Skillsnet network.

Associated Projects

News

 
New data on literacy rates between general and vocational education (01/10/2014) new
Literacy skills of adults aged 25-64 with general education tend to be higher than for those with vocational qualifications across all European countries covered by the OECD’s Survey of Adult Skills.
Skills needs anticipation and matching course announced
Skills needs anticipation and matching course announced (18/07/2014)
Cedefop co-organises a training and knowledge-sharing course on skills needs anticipation and matching with the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ITC-ILO), the Skills Development and Employability Unit of the ILO and the European Training Foundation (ETF).
Commission communication on green employment initiative
Commission communication on green employment initiative (03/07/2014)
Employment report shows lower skilled workers face increasing difficulties to find a job
Employment report shows lower skilled workers face increasing difficulties to find a job (24/06/2014)

Events

 
Skills needs anticipation and matching (16/07/2014)
20/10/2014 to 24/10/2014 ITC-ILO, Torino, Italy

Publications

Coping with changes in international classifications of sectors and occupations
5543 EN 2014
Coping with changes in international classifications of sectors and occupations
Application in skills forecasting
Terminology of European education and training policy
4117 EN 2014 Free of charge (order)
Terminology of European education and training policy
A selection of 130 key terms. Second edition
Briefing note - Skill mismatch: more than meets the eye
9087 DE EL EN ES FR IT PL PT 2014
Briefing note - Skill mismatch: more than meets the eye
Piloting a European employer survey on skill needs
5536 EN 2013
Piloting a European employer survey on skill needs
Illustrative findings

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