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Skills anticipation methods and practices

Identifying emerging technologies and skill needs for policy

To facilitate mutual learning on effective skills anticipation and skill matching and the exchange of good practices across EU Member States, Cedefop launched in 2016 a new thematic activity – ‘Governance of EU skills anticipation and matching systems: in-depth country reviews’. 

The aim of the initiative is to provide close support to EU Member States in need of development, improvement or further refinement of the governance of their skills anticipation and matching systems. Since 2016 Cedefop has worked closely together with national authorities in six EU countries (Malta, Iceland, Greece, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Estonia) providing support not only on setting up methodological instruments that collect labour market and skills intelligence but also on facilitating effective dissemination and use of results in different policy spheres (e.g. education and training, employment, active labour market policies etc.), in synergy with networks of key national stakeholders.

This workshop constitutes a key step and output of the Cedefop country support programme. The aim of the workshop is to provide a platform to the national stakeholders of the countries participating in the Cedefop project, and also other interested experts or national stakeholders, to learn about how to put key skills anticipation methods of interest for them into practice. In order to meet their identified learning needs, the workshop will focus heavily on three methods and practices of skills intelligence and anticipation:

  1. technological skills foresights,
  2. sectoral-based skills anticipation,
  3. practical steps of setting up tracer studies.

At the workshop key experts on the above methods will provide a series of lectures on the methodologies and challenges of their practical implementation for policy. The workshop will also entail group exercises in which the national stakeholders will be asked to set up mock skills anticipation tools for their own countries, with the guidance of experts from international organisations (ILO, ETF, Cedefop).

Key references of the workshop / course on skills anticipation methods and practices are the ETF-Cedefop-ILO series of guides to anticipating and matching skills and jobs:

For more information, please refer to the enclosed draft agenda and concept note.


Agenda - Workshop skills anticipation methods and practices

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Concept note - Workshop skills anticipation methods and practices

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Event Details

14/06/2018 to 15/06/2018
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Cedefop premises
Restricted participation

Event Contacts

Konstantinos Pouliakas
Jasper Van Loo
Roula Panagiotou