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How far are EU countries from Making Skills Work?

20/09/2016Ilias Livanos
EU Member States dedicate significant resources to skills development and employment policies, in particular on activation and matching. However, there has been no uniform measure across the EU to assess and compare the outcomes of these policies. Cedefop comes to fill in this gap with the Europe...
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Guidance, Policy

How to form the skills of those who form the skills of others?

Learning at the workplace lies high in the EU policy agenda as a means of ensuring that enterprises have a workforce with up-to-date skills and competences. Given that about one-third of an individual’s lifespan is spent in working environments, the workplace is an indispensable component of any ...
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Guidance, Policy, Research

What are the skills of the future?

The issue of what are the jobs and skills that will be needed in the future economy is a million-dollar question. Many futurologists claim to know the answer, yet an honest response to this question should be ‘can anyone really know with certainty?’
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Guidance, Policy

Making learning visible: A European perspective to the validation of non-formal and informal learning

The Recommendation constitutes a landmark in the development of policies of validation in Europe, as it constitutes an important political commitment.
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Guidance, Policy, Research

The key to skill formation is innovation in firms

Part 2 of the series on Lessons from the Cedefop's European skills and jobs survey (ESJS)
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Can a bit of a skill gap be a good thing?

Part 1 of the series on Lessons from the Cedefop's European skills and jobs survey (ESJS)
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How do we define skills?

04/04/2016Ilias Livanos
Hardly has a term been understood, measured and interpreted in so many different ways, such that of skills. A broadly accepted working definition is yet to be achieved! As a result, visitors of the Skills Panorama may have different expectations about the data, indicators and informatio...
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Investing in one’s skills: Opportunities for EU citizens

A range of persistent trends affect job creation and growth, such as societal and demographic changes of the workforce, globalisation, productivity, technological developmentsi To keep up with these developments, meet the needs of new jobs and reduce skills mismatch, it is necessary to ...
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Preparing for the age of the robots

Around 50 years ago the coal mines in Limburg, Netherlands closed. The then Prime-Minister, Den Uyl, promised that all 45,000 local mining jobs would be replaced by others.
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How (can) we measure skills?

It is not uncommon to read newspaper reports of skill shortages, or a demand for more people with skills in this, that, or the other. But what is meant by skill? The Oxford Dictionary definition of skill i is the ability to do something well and in the context of the labour market that somet...