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Identifying skill needs for the future - From research to policy and practice

Funded under: FP6


The issue of early identification of skill needs is becoming increasingly challenging but ever more important. Technological change and innovation demand new skills and competences in the labour market. Some qualifications are becoming obsolete but emerging new skills and competences require specific education and training. The availability of reliable and accurate information on skill trends allows policy-makers and practitioners to respond promptly to new and changing requirements. This publication identifies challenges and offers solutions in early identification of skill needs; it also discusses the findings, their relevance and transfer to policy and practice.
The publication is based on proceedings of the international conference ‘Early identification of skill needs’ organised during the Greek Presidency in May 2003 in Thessaloniki. The conference brought together policy-makers, social partners, practitioners and researchers from 24 countries of Europe and beyond. The conference participants discussed experiences and examples of good practice in identifying, anticipating and monitoring changing and newly emerging national, sectoral and regional skill needs. Examples of skill need identification for specific target groups were also discussed. The conference helped to promote cooperation among countries and to transfer results into policy and practice.
The conference also helped establish an international network for exchange of information and knowledge on the subject. Participants unanimously expressed their support for creating an information platform and underlined the necessity for joint actions in research, analysis and policy, sharing expertise and experience throughout the European Union and beyond. The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) responded to the demands and subsequently launched the Skillsnet network (, look under Projects and Networks).

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Authors: SCHMIDT S L, Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, Thessaloniki (GR);STRIETSKA-ILINA O, Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, Thessaloniki (GR);TESSARING M, Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, Thessaloniki (GR)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2005. 252 pp Euro: 25
Availability: (Catalogue Number: TI-57-03-475-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 92-896-0270-8
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