Title Methodological Toolbox for Development of New Skill for Future Jobs
Project Number 2010-1-SE1-LEO05-04797
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Job Skills as a moving target
for VET providers and programs.
The overall objective of this proposal is to adapt, adjust and develop the future VET- training to the medium-term needs for skills and new jobs based on the regional labour market forecasts.
A mismatch between skills demand and supply has high economic and social costs and contributes to structural unemployment. Early identification of future skill needs will enable VET- providers to forecast what skills will be in demand in future, so as to ensure a better fit between jobs and skills. In its policy document “New skills for New Jobs” the Commission states that early identification of future skills needs is important for reduction of skills gaps. It enables VET- providers to anticipate what skills will be in demand in the medium- to long-term, so as to ensure a better fit between jobs and skills. (Future skill needs in Europe. CEDEFOP, 2008)
The above policy recommends the following:
a) Encouraging greater collaboration between multi-stakeholders regarding adjustments of VET-system to present needs
b) Involving potential multi-stakeholders in the anticipation of future skills needs, and creating and disseminating good practices on better use of forecast for education and training offer(Action Now- at www.cedefop.europa.eu)
Regarding the first aspect, namely adjusting VET to the needs of labour market, in 2000 Folkuniversitetet Uppsala (2006 other partners) created a Forum in form of management/peer groups with PES and employer. A joint evaluation showed that creation of forums contributed to a more adjusted vocational training with higher degree of employability for learners. (from 42 % -Greek partner to 83 % -Swedish partner)
However, the second aspect regarding the future needs for new skills is still problematic for us as VET-providers. Although the management groups have obviously positive impact on employability for learners, the forums lack a tool for handling future skills needs for the regions in spite of available forecast.
The proposed project developed a methodological toolbox for management/peer groups which facilitate:
1. Interpretation of future regional labour market demands per occupational skill profile
2. Interpretation of future regional labour market needs per type of education according to skill profiles
3. Inclusion of the regional forecast for future skill profiles into new VET programs in the regions.
The tangible result was a tool which covers the process from interpretation of forecast to job/skill profile and from there to upgraded VET-programs.
Stakeholders in the management groups contributed to the following:
- PES provided regional forecast and interpretation of future regional needs per occupational sector
- Employers contributed with interpretation of demand per occupational skill profiles and review of new/ upgraded VET-programs for future
- VET-partners provided new VET-programs according to defined skill profiles
The impact of the project was: a) improved cooperation and coordination of regional labour policy by stakeholders b) higher employability and reduction of the risk for future skill mismatch
The overall objective of this proposal was to adapt, adjust and develop the future VET- training to the medium-term needs for skills and new jobs based on the regional labour market forecasts.
The specific objective of the proposal was to elaborate a methodological toolbox for using the anticipated future regional needs for upgrading the present VET-programs and creating new ones according to the regional forecasts. The Tool-box was elaborated by the forums (peer/management groups including PES and employers organisations) according to the following:
1. Future regional labour market demands per occupational sector/ and its effect on demand per occupational skill profiles
2. Labour market supply per type of education according to skill profiles
3. Inclusion of the result of the regional forecast for future skill/jobs needs into a set of skill profiles which can be used for development of new VET training programs for future jobs in the regions.
Stakeholders contributed to the goal achievement by the following:
- Public Employment Service (PES) provided regional forecast and interpretation of regional needs per occupational sector and needs for VET- education
- Employers representatives contributed with interpretation of demand per occupational skill profiles and review of new/ upgraded VET-programs for future
- VET-partners provided suggestion for new VET-programs according to defined skill profiles
The working methodological toolbox was developed within the framework of active Forums (peer/ management groups (with PES and employers organisations) at organisations in this partnership.
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procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
JS Toolbox offers different tools for getting more grip on skills demands and the way to include them in educational programs. It does not intend to predict changes in a quantifiable way
All approaches are based on some form of educational partnership since needs and demands essentially are communicated between businesses and education institutes (at a regional or sector level). JS toolbox offers solutions that contribute to processes of quality assurance according to the European CQAF VET model , especially to indicators 1.1.1, 1.1.3 and 1.1.4.
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