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Identifying skills needs

To inform the design of VET and employment policies, Cedefop identifies and anticipates future skill needs and potential skill mismatches. It provides high quality evidence on trends in the labour market and skill needs by producing regular skill supply and demand forecasts for Europe and analysing the potential labour market mismatches and imbalances. Cedefop also investigates skill and competence needs in selected sectors and has collected its own European data on skills and jobs. All data and intelligence is delivered it to end-users in a fit-for-purpose and timely fashion via the Skills Panorama.

  • Skills Panorama: Cedefop manages a unique central access point for data information and intelligence on skill needs in occupations and sectors across Europe.
  • Analysing skill mismatch: Cedefop carries out theoretical and empirical research to provide policy makers with evidence and possible implications. In 2014, Cedefop carried out a first European skills and jobs survey.
  • Forecasting skill needs: Cedefop produces regular skill supply and demand forecasts for Europe and analyses the potential labour market imbalances.
  • 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.

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

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