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Matching skills

Inspiring policies for anticipating and matching skill needs
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This information tool is designed for policy makers working on education and training, skills, (active) labour market policy and related policy areas. It showcases a collection of policy instruments from EU Member States that use information on labour market trends and anticipated skill needs to inform and shape upskilling or other skills matching policies for the current and future world of work.

The focus is on innovative policy instruments that have been recently implemented and typically aim at tackling unemployment, facilitating transitions to jobs better matching people’s skills or making VET more responsive to future labour market developments.

Going beyond officially published information, the tool helps understand, in a comparative manner, the approaches used and the rationales behind them. It provides information on practical organisation, funding and stakeholder involvement and provides insight on how innovative and successful a policy instrument is and whether it could be successfully applied elsewhere. The tool structures and displays the information in a way that you can readily access and interpret.

We hope it can inspire you and inform the design or reform of forward-looking skills matching policies and practices in your country or region.