The future of skills in ETF partner countries

In an era marked by rapid global changes, the demand for new skills is evolving at an unprecedented pace, driven by both technological advancements and other transformative forces. Understanding and anticipating these emerging skill requirements is crucial for educators and training providers to ensure their programmes remain relevant and responsive to the shifting landscape. The question arises: How are different economic sectors and occupations being affected? And what technical skills will individuals need to acquire or enhance to excel in new roles or improve performance in their current positions?

To address these questions, since 2020, the European Training Foundation has embarked on a series of 'Future of Skills' studies. These investigations aim to shed light on how various change drivers are reshaping job roles and skill demands across selected industries and countries, as well as how educational and training systems are adapting to these changes. The findings have revealed emerging skill needs within specific sectors through a blend of conventional research methodologies and cutting-edge Big Data analytics. This innovative approach not only advances the analysis and utilisation of data but also bridges a significant knowledge gap by augmenting traditional research techniques.

The sectors scrutinised in these studies span a diverse range, including agri-tech in Israel, the automotive industry in Türkiye, agri-food in Morocco, the energy sector across Albania, Tunisia, and Egypt, healthcare in Ukraine, and construction in Armenia. These comprehensive analyses have culminated in a publication that offers a glimpse into the cross-country results, providing invaluable insights into the future of skill needs and the strategic direction for education and training systems worldwide.

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