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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

 
Greener Skills and Jobs (07/04/2014) new
 
Cedefop’s latest skill supply and demand forecast is now available (01/04/2014) new
Employment in the EU is projected to grow by about 2% over the period 2013-2020 but the (EU’s) target of 75% of people aged 20 to 64 being in a job by 2020 looks beyond reach.
 
Public consultation on a European area of skills and qualifications (01/04/2014) new
Cedefop launches European Skills Survey (eu-SKILLS)
Cedefop launches European Skills Survey (eu-SKILLS) (01/04/2014) new
To find out more about the skills needed for jobs and how they are used, as well as about skill mismatch, Cedefop has started collecting data for the first European Skills Survey. Around 50,000 adult employees across all the European Union’s 28 Member States will be surveyed precisely to find out the extent of skill mismatch and how it can develop during someone’s career.

Publications

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
User guide to developing an employer survey on skill needs
5535 EN 2013
User guide to developing an employer survey on skill needs
Skills for a low-carbon Europe
5534 EN 2013
Skills for a low-carbon Europe
The role of VET in a sustainable energy scenario. Synthesis report

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