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Employability and the Transition to Work

Thematic Area: ; Employment and Employability
Year/Date: 06/07/2017


Policymakers in ETF partner country Bosnia and Herzegovina are looking at ways to improve employability, skills anticipation and matching, and the transition to work.

A small group representing employment agencies and labour market and statistic institutions took part in a recent learning programme at the ETF, with a particular focus on the important role of public employment services in skills needs identification.

Participants travelled to Ivrea, northern Italy, to learn more about the local employment centre, one of 30 managed by the employment agency of Piedmont region (Agenzia Peimonte Lavoro - APL).

Armanda Romano, who runs the centre in Ivrea, believes the right approach is to work together with both companies and jobseekers. ‘We are very much business focussed,’ she said, explaining the programmes in place that aim to match jobseekers and jobs.

Earlier, participants had an interactive session with APL Director Claudio Spadon, who explained methods for analysing market information for planning and delivery of services. Jan Sundqvist from the Swedish Public Employment Agency showcased the Swedish forecasting approach that enables an informed decision making on employment and training policies.

The two-day learning programme was coordinated by the ETF’s Employment Skills and Employability team, and builds upon the skills anticipation and matching guides - produced by the ETF together with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop).

The six ‘how to’ guides cover the use of labour market information – how to transform data sources into indicators for evidence-based policy making, skills forecasting methodologies, skills surveys, tracer studies and the role of sectorial bodies and employment service providers.

Access the guides here.

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