Focus area
The project 'Foresight Lab' aims to develop an integrated mechanism to enhance 'adaptive capacity' of sectors and occupations through the structured and systematic monitoring of key parameters affecting micro and small businesses regarding economic, institutional, socio-political and technological environment into the foreseeable future (e.g. 5 years).
Implementation level
At what level is the initiative implemented?
Starting period
TIMESPAN: In what year did the initiative commence?
PERSPECTIVE: is the initiative based on evidence derived from skill forecasts or foresight activities?
The major outputs of the project include a sound and robust methodological mechanism combining a wide array of foresight techniques, including in-depth sectoral studies, focus groups, expert panels, skills-focused analysis and roadmapping.
Policy area
To which POLICY AREAS(s) does the initiative apply?
How it is funded?
Funded by the EU
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF) / OP "Competitiveness Entrepreneurship and Innovation"

Skill mismatch

Skill mismatch target
What type(s) of skills MISMATCH does the initiative aim to addresses?
Skill shortages (employers cannot fill their vacancies due to a lack of skills in the labour market)
Skill gaps (worker's skills are below the level of proficiency required by their employers and jobs)
Skills obsolescence (some or all of an individual's skills are no longer relevant to the current employer or in the labour market generally)
Skills matching focus
How does  the initiative address skills mismatches?
With the focus being on 20 professions/specialties the initiative addresses occupational skill shortages, gaps and obsolescence in the medium-term.
Skills delivered
What types of skill  does the initiative deliver?
Basic literacy and numeracy skills
Basic digital skills
General employability skills (team working, communication, etc.)


What methods of undertaking skills assessments and / or skills anticipation does the policy instrument utilise?
Skills foresight
A wide array of foresight techniques are used, including in-depth sectoral studies, focus groups, expert panels, skills-focused analysis and roadmapping.
Expert panels
A wide array of foresight techniques are used, including in-depth sectoral studies, focus groups, expert panels, skills-focused analysis and roadmapping.
Use of skills intelligence
How is labour market information / skills intelligence used within the initiative?
Please select the most important options and explain how the labour market information (LMI) has been used (maximum 50 words)
The Action contributes to the design of NQF through the updating of 10 occupational monographs and the delivery of 5 new occupational monographs.
The Action contributes to the design of standards and accreditation through the delivery of 7 new certification schemes.
The Action contributes to the design of training programmes through the delivery of 7 new training curricula.
The Action contributes to the enabling of strategic business decisions at sector level through the delivery of 20 Road Maps.


Who are the intended beneficiaries?
The Action's beneficiaries are the micro and small enterprises whose forward-looking capacity and adaptability will be critically supported through the operation of the Foresight Lab.


Success factors
SUCCESS FACTORS in the implementation
The initiative is still ongoing. Its strenth lies at the wide array of foresight techniques used and the concrete outputs in terms of Road Maps, training material, occupational monographs and certification schemes.
BARRIERS in the implementation
Difficulties in meeting the scheduled timeplan of the Action.
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?
As a co-funded action, this initiative is subject to Evaluation and Audit in the project lifetime.
UPDATES: whether there have been any major updates of the initiative since it has been implemented?
EVIDENCE ON EFFECTIVENESS: How effective is the policy instrument?
The Action invokes a participative research protocol encompassing the active involvement of professionals and sectoral experts who will be co-producers of the 20 occupational Road Maps. The concreteness of the deliverables in what regards the inputs to NQF, the design of training curricula, the new certification schemes and the Road Maps, demonstrates a good level of effectiveness.
SUSTAINABILITY: How sustainable is the policy instrument? Do you expect the instrument to continue over the next few years and why?
The integration of skills foresight with the analysis of business environment is the key for the Action's sustainability in the future. The Foresight Lab aims to provide structured, multi-fold and in-depth analysis for selected occupations, and thus the infrastructure for future analyses on other occupational categories.

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