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ETF supports Ukraine in anticipating and matching future skills demand

Year/Date: 12/02/2015

Kiev street scence

The ETF and the Ukrainian partners held a seminar on future skills needs and their anticipation. The seminar took place in Ukraine’s capital Kiev on 12 February.

The Ukrainian government requested the ETF to develop a skills anticipation methodology that would generate objective information and give a holistic view on skills demand of future jobs, taking into account international experience.

This activity builds on the ETF's past work in Ukraine, at regional and sector level. It will complement the ongoing ETF support to qualifications system reform, and the involvement of social partners in identifying skills needs.

The seminar brought together key ministries and agencies, trade unions and employers organisations, as well as experts to identify the key drivers influencing skills demand.

"Skills forecasting is not a crystal ball, it's impossible to foresee the unforeseen,” says the ETF expert Timo Kuusela. “In our approach we stress the importance of complementarity of methodologies, development of a robust labour market information system and intelligence, and a validation process involving social partners and experts.”

In Ukraine, through our project, the ETF will help our partners to understand how different methodologies can be combined and used for a better matching and anticipation of skills supply and demand.

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