Skills: How to make them future-proof?
The ETF is setting up a network of experts to help the countries neighbouring the EU anticipate and match demand and supply of skills.
Skills are crucial for the prosperity of nations and for the better lives for individuals. For workers, skills mean employability and social mobility. For societies, skills represent a major component of their productivity, competitiveness and innovation.
Mismatch between skills demand and supply contributes to high numbers of unemployed people – among them many well educated young – on one side, and skills requirements from employers which cannot be met.
In the meeting in Turin on 27 and 28 June, ten specialists from ETF partner countries, three international experts, and ETF staff will establish the network and try to develop a shared understanding of the main issues in matching supply and demand of skills.
Many ETF partner countries have trouble producing the right mix of skills for the current and future needs of labour markets. The problem is made more difficult and urgent considering a high youth unemployment, outmigration, predominance of micro and small enterprises, and underdeveloped labour market monitoring data and management systems.
At the start of the new project the ETF will measure the mismatch based on readily available data. The project will sum up and examine the current practices in ETF partner countries, share successes and failures of EU countries in this field.
The network of experts will assess and describe methods for anticipating skills demands and ways of matching demand and supply. The results will be disseminated and debated with policymakers and expert practitioners.
Learn more about the ETF’s MATCH project
Put simply, lifelong learning means that people can – and should have the opportunity to – learn throughout their lives.
Across the world, certain groups of people are still hard pressed to get the most out of their education and training system.
Partnership between the worlds of work and education is a process that is set to become an integral part of how we go about developing education.
“Employment”: promoting better functioning and inclusive labour markets and vocational education and training systems in ETF partner countries.
Making qualifications transparent and easily readable, even across international frontiers, is a high priority for the ETF.
Teachers are a critical factor in education reforms. The ETF takes therefore the role of schools and teachers seriously throughout its work.
Focusing on key competences is one of the surest ways of keeping education and training relevant in a fast-changing environment.
Governance modes and models have a high correlation with the overall performance of education and training policies, influencing their strategic formulation and implementation.
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