Changing the skills needs in Israel: recent findings and policy implications

The Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) and the European Training Foundation (ETF) organised a workshop to present and discuss evidence resulting from statistics analysis and evidence collection exercises related to skills needs in Israel and policy implications.  

The workshop was the occasion to present the results of the European Skills and Jobs survey (ESJS) for Israel and discuss policy implication looking at current and future skills needs demanded by the labour market. The European Skills and Jobs survey aspires to become a key tool for evidence-based policymaking in Vocational Education and Training (VET). Its design incorporates the growth, sustainability, and resilience ambitions of the EU Skills Agenda, European, Digital Strategy, acknowledging the importance of digital skills in VET put forward in the 2020 Council Recommendation on VET and the Osnabrück Declaration. The survey also provides the evidence to support the aim of making Europe fit for the digital age and to realise the ambitions of the European digital education action plan, the European pillar of social rights action plan and the 2030 digital compass. It complements the Digital economy and society index (DESI), the European digital competence framework (DigComp) and other data and information on digitalisation and its impacts. The data and analysis are central to ETF’s skills and labour market work, which aims to strengthen skills intelligence and support the twin – digital and green – transitions. 

The ETF also presented the results of the mismatch analysis Calculation of skills mismatch indicators, with focus on school and labour market disengagement as well as mismatches by level of education (vertical) and field of study (horizontal). On top of that, relevant age groups (young vs. adults), and types of education (tertiary vs secondary; vocational vs general) were considered to secure relevant evidence for policy making. The results of the analysis provides the basis for a discussion on policy implications in the context of Israel.  

50 policy makers and experts from Israel and from the European Union engaged in a discussion focusing on policy implications, examples from practices and future oriented recommendations to make the best use of evidence to support education and training and labour market needs in the context of Israel.  

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