The preparation of Cedefop skills forecast is supported by an EU network of experts in skills and labour market forecasting. Such a network of individual country experts (ICEs) covers all countries the skills forecast produces estimates for and contributes to the validation and the further development of it. Cedefop organises regular technical workshops so as to provide a platform for experts to meet and provide feedback to Cedefop. The aim is to involve national experts in the process of preparing the skills forecast, drawing on their expertise in the field but also on their knowledge of their country’s labour market. Such an exercise not only validates the forecast but also facilitates the story-building around the results.
Workshop rationale and objectives
The workshop provides an opportunity to bring together the research team and the group of ICEs, together with Cedefop staff, to work towards:
- Validating the 2020 Skills Forecast;
- Discussing various aspects of the methodology;
- Brainstorming on emerging issues affecting the future of work;
- Story-building of the results.
Workshop structure and methods
The workshop is organised along a series of presentations and discussions. Background notes are circulated in advance. These are prepared by team members so that participants are informed on the key issues to be debated. The aim of the sessions is to develop a focussed dialogue with individual country experts. For the structured group discussions, each country expert is allocated to a country group. In each country group, discussions are facilitated by a member of the research team and a Country Group Expert (CGE). The CGE synthesises the country group discussion and reported back to the complete workshop group.
This event is restricted to invited experts.