Monitoring employment trends over time and providing long-term employment forecasts for economic sectors and occupations are established activities of the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA).
In response to adverse effects of the economic crisis on the labour market, the Human Resource Development Authority (HRDA) of Cyprus set up a special prevention scheme, which includes measures targeted at the unemployed, economically inactive and employed.
The persistent economic crisis and its adverse effects on the labour market, which include high levels of unemployment, especially among the young, pose a critical challenge for the education and training system of Cyprus. In such economic conditions, lifelong learning plays an important role as it allows human resources to improve their employability by upgrading their skills, adapt to changes and move freely between sectors, occupations and countries.
Absence of a post-secondary level from the Cyprus education system, changing needs of the economy due to rapid development of technology, the knowledge-based society and the EU’s priorities regarding lifelong learning for its citizens, have all urged establishment of post-secondary institutes of vocational education and training (VET).
A group of young people and education experts from Greece and Cyprus came to Cedefop's premises on Europe Day (9 May) to celebrate the European project and discuss its future. Some of them talked to us about the school of tomorrow and the challenge of matching skills acquired in education with labour-market needs.
Existence of natural gas reserves in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus and emerging growth prospects of the Cyprus economy, has led the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA) to conduct a research study entitled ‘Early identification of employment and training needs for the effective utilisation of natural gas in Cyprus”.
Combating unemployment, in particular youth unemployment, is an important objective of the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA). Responding to the adverse effects of the economic crisis on the labour market, the HRDA has put forward a Special prevention scheme – action plan which includes a variety of measures targeted towards employees, the unemployed and economically inactive.
The vocational education and training (VET) system of Cyprus is playing a significant role in dealing with the adverse effects of the economic crisis
on the labour market and in laying the foundations for future development.
To continue to fulfil the expectations of the Cypriot economy and society, VET is currently undergoing essential reforms.
The Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA) has recognised the necessity for the acquisition of green skills by the people of Cyprus and has conducted a study entitled ‘Identification of Green Skill Needs in the Cyprus Economy 2010-2013’. Following the study, the HRDA, in close cooperation with the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance, has put forward a Special Action Plan for promoting Green Skills in the Cyprus economy. Furthermore, the HRDA declared 2011 as the Year of Green Skills with the aim to raise awareness of the significance of the acquisition of green knowledge and skills, which are necessary for the development of a green sustainable economy.