There will be no ready-made human capital in the future due to the constant labour market transformation, but self-made skills are possible, said Cedefop Director James Calleja at the European Training Foundation (ETF) high-level conference on changing skills for a changing world (Turin, 7-8 June).
In this second instalment on the future of work, Cedefop's European skills and jobs survey reveals that more than seven in 10 adult employees in the EU need at least some fundamental ICT level to be able to perform their jobs; yet, about one in three of those employees are at risk of digital skill gaps.
Cedefop cordially invites you to express an interest to participate to the forthcoming policy learning forum "Skills matching policies for the long-term unemployed: putting VET at the centre of activation" which will take place in Thessaloniki, Greece, on 15-16 June 2017.
The pioneering research that Cedefop is undertaking to detect emerging skill needs in European labour markets and the policy implications of Cedefop’s European skills and jobs (ESJ) survey were showcased at two international events held in Washington on 2-5 November.
Cedefop has now made available for free public download the microdata file of the European skills and jobs (ESJ) survey, the first European survey on skill mismatch.
Skills formation plays a key role in the European growth strategy. Skills, however, take time to develop. They require workplaces affording learning opportunities and workers readily capitalising on those available.
Cedefop research shows that in 2014 about 39% of EU employees believed that their skills were not being fully used by their jobs and 27% also did not have potential to further grow their skills in what were dead-end positions.
Cedefop research shows that 29% of the European Union adult population suffers from qualification mismatches, mostly as overqualification.
Cedefop, in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), hosted an expert workshop on skills and skill mismatch on 29-30 October in Thessaloniki.
Cedefop research shows that genuine skill shortages are only present in specific sectors and occupations and affect dynamic enterprises, while many firms face recruitment difficulties due to job offers of poor quality.