Focus area
ORPdE is part of the Lodz Centre of Teacher Training and Vocational Education and its research activity is focused on relations between education and the labour market.
Implementation level
At what level is the initiative implemented?
Starting period
TIMESPAN: In what year did the initiative commence?
1999-2009 and 2009-ongoing. The observatory was created on the basis of the experience of the Labour Market Monitoring Laboratory for the needs of education policy which was implemented 1999-2009
PERSPECTIVE: is the initiative based on evidence derived from skill forecasts or foresight activities?
It includes information and analysis derived from sectoral and/or occupational studies to analyse labour market prospects and skills demand in different fields and sectors. It provides also dissemination activities (seminars, conferences, reports etc).
Policy area
To which POLICY AREAS(s) does the initiative apply?
How it is funded?
Source of funds - city budget (ORPdE budget is a part of the Lodz Centre of Teacher Training And Vocational Education) and project-based activity.

Skill mismatch

Skill mismatch target
What type(s) of skills MISMATCH does the initiative aim to addresses?
It provides and overview of the present situation, changes in the labour market and prospects for future demand for jobs, qualifications and competencies. It aims to serve the needs of vocational education (school and continuing) in Łódź and in the region.
Skills matching focus
How does  the initiative address skills mismatches?
It provides information for the needs of career counselling.
It provides information on future labour market prospects of selected occupations and on employers' expectations regarding the desired qualifications and competences
It provides information for the needs of career counselling.
It provides information for policy makers (education policy)
Skills delivered
What types of skill  does the initiative deliver?
Career management skills


What methods of undertaking skills assessments and / or skills anticipation does the policy instrument utilise?
Skills forecasting
Skills forecasting supports analysis on the demand for professions and qualifications in the region
Vacancy surveys
Vacancy analysis from is used for preparing sectoral analysis of job offers available in the region
Includes skills anticipation practices (ad hoc sectoral and/or occupational studies to analyse labour market prospects and skills demand in different fields and sectors; meetings with pupils, teachers, counsellors) and dissemination activities (seminars, conferences, reports etc).


Other involved organisations
Which other organisations have a role in the initiative?
Regional PES
Information from PES is used in analysis and research activities
Training Providers
Cooperation Regional (Voivodship) Labour Office and Regional Statistical Office in getting access to statistical data. Cooperation with other regional stakeholders, including industry and academia in supporting organizing and conducting research and disseminating research results.
Who are the intended beneficiaries?
Young people making the transition from education into work
The observatory supplies young people with information about the present situation and trends in the regional labour market to help them in making educational and professional decisions


Success factors
SUCCESS FACTORS in the implementation
The initiative has systematic and constant approach. It provides information at regional level which allows a more detailed breakdown as would be potentially offered by national initiatives.
BARRIERS in the implementation
There are no barriers identified.
Monitoring and evaluation
MONITORING and EVALUATION: Is progress measured regularly? What are the indicators used to measure progress of the policy instrument? Have any evaluations been conducted?
Annual reports and monitoring of degree of completion of annual plans (research projects, consultations, conferences, publications etc).
UPDATES: whether there have been any major updates of the initiative since it has been implemented?
Updates as mainly taking the form of research projects and various dissemination activities.
EVIDENCE ON EFFECTIVENESS: How effective is the policy instrument?
There is a constant need for information about the current situation on the regional labour market from schools (e.g. vocational schools need expertise before opening a new class), counsellors and authorities. Reports and analyses by ORPdE are used by all of them and adapted to their needs. Some of them participate in the co-development of subsequent surveys, with the aim to conduct them in a practice-oriented way.
SUSTAINABILITY: How sustainable is the policy instrument? Do you expect the instrument to continue over the next few years and why?
Yes the initiative is sustainable, there is a need for this information from wide range of decision makers.

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