On 4 and 5 July 2013, Cedefop in cooperation with the European Training Foundation (ETF) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) organised in Thessaloniki (Greece), an expert seminar on Skills anticipation guides. The purpose of this seminar was to discuss the drafts of four guides prepared so far (on forecasting and foresight, on sectoral anticipation, on intermediary agencies and on matching/LMIs) with experts in the field and potential users. The objective was to ensure their validity and usefulness for the target audiences.

Individual sessions were dedicated to each guide starting with a short presentation or introduction, followed by critical review of external discussant (expert) and by plenary discussion. The comments and remarks of the seminar will enrich the final drafts.

The second day of the seminar discussed the potential of new forthcoming guides, i.e. on employer surveys and tracer studies. The discussion focused on the need and possible content of the guides yet to come.

The comments and suggestions made by the 40 experts participating in the seminar will help the further development and the finalisation of the guides on skills anticipation and matching, which will be presented to the greater public in the near future.