Project - Anticipating skill needs of the labour force and equipping people for new jobs

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Project - Anticipating skill needs of the labour force and equipping people for new jobs

– Which role for Public Employment Services in early identification of skill needs and labour up-skilling?

The project is completed.

Project start March 2009. Project completed in July 2010.

The study on Anticipating Skill Need of the Labour Force and Equipping People for New Jobs is completed. 

The traditional roles of many European Public Employment Services (PES) are closely connected to the industrial era. Thus, the PES have served as a mediator in the labour market, assisted companies in filling vacancies and assisted the unemployed in need of a job. Moreover, many PES (but not all) were and are responsible for paying out benefits to the unemployed.

With the introduction of active labour market policies in the 1980s, PES assumed new roles in developing and implementing active measures for the unemployed, and more recently, many PES have strengthened their labour market information by using the opportunities presented by ICT and the internet. Finally, a number of European PES has outsourced active measures to private providers.

At a time when new industries emerge with new skills needs, old skills become obsolete, intra-EU-mobility is high and there is growing demand for labour with higher levels of competences, the PES find themselves being presented with new demands, and they are struggling to prepare themselves for an uncertain future. The aim of this study has been to take stock of the different roles European PES can and do play in anticipating skill needs in Europe to facilitate more efficient matching in the labour market.

The study involved:

  • Mapping and assessing PES use of external sources of information to estimate skills demands in the labour market, both in the short and in the long term; 
  • Mapping PES practices concerning identification of skills levels and jobseekers as well as services delivered to jobseekers to ensure that their skills match demands in the labour market; and 
  • Assessing the potential of PES to contribute to the identification of new skills and new jobs.

The study involved a combination of desk research, dialogue with the PES Working group on New Skills for New Jobs and an internet-based survey of the PES of the 27 EU Member States as well as Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

Report
The report Anticipating skill needs of the labour force and equipping people for new jobs – Which role for Public Employment Services in early identification of skill needs and labour up-skilling is available at the homepage of DG Employment and Social Affairs.

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