Two members of the Polish Institute of Labour and Social Affairs visited Cedefop on 3 May for an exchange of ideas and knowledge on a national tool for forecasting skills needs and supply in the Polish labour market.
Poland is currently developing a new tool and the two visitors, senior member of the project steering committee Iwona Kukulak-Dolata and analyst Magdalena Brudz, discussed it with Cedefop skills forecasting experts Vladimir Kvetan and Ilias Livanos. They also had a discussion with expert Patrycja Lipinska.
The meeting focused on the scope of the future Polish tool (users, access, etc.) and on how to best go about the forecasts (classification of forecasting categories, time horizon, possibility of generating individual forecasts etc.). Methods of verification and evaluation of the methods and scenarios used in the currently available tools were also discussed.
The wealth of information obtained will be used to add new features to the design of the tool. According to Ms Kukulak-Dolata, Cedefop expertise is most precious as it will help them both in managing their prognostic tool (introducing several administrators, definition of ownership, registration, page availability etc.) and in broadening its functionality.
Spurred by ideas exchanged with Cedefop experts, Ms Kukulat-Dolata and her team now plan to add a video guide and other educational and information features to enhance user experience. They also think about introducing a methodology guide specifically addressed to professional users.