Data analysis and insight is increasingly being used to adjust vocational education and training systems to labour market needs and student demand. As countries around the world collect more and more data on skills needs, policy makers are seeking a more coordinated approach to labour market information. The EU Skills Agenda states that skills are a pathway to employability and prosperity, and a vehicle for innovation. To realise this potential, whether in EU or neighbourhood countries, requires systematic efforts to tackle skills gaps and mismatches.
In light of this, our aim is to support our partner countries to equip their people with the appropriate blend of skills to succeed in entrepreneurial or employment settings, and to make better use of the skills already available in line with market needs. To do this, w
The Skills Agenda also stresses the role of skills intelligence and information for making better career choices and for more effective sector-based skills strategies. We have developed a set of six comprehensive guidelines, in partnership with Cedefop and the International Labour Organization, to help our partner countries with skills needs anticipation. The guidelines are practice-oriented tools for policy makers and experts, and apply the latest knowledge and experience from relevant EU practices and initiatives.
We’re working on further developing and implementing labour market and skills intelligence tools and mechanisms, including capacity building activities and policy advice in selected countries, and enhanced digital accessibility to methodological tools for partner country stakeholders. In November 2018, we will host an international conference entitled Skills for the Future – Managing Transition, which will promote debate on how developing and transition countries can respond to the challenges of current global trends from a skills perspective, in the broader context of economic and technological change.