Find here key and commonly used skills-related terms and concepts with their definitions.



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ISCED – International Standard Classification of Education

A set of common criteria suitable for compiling statistics on education at an international level. The levels are defined as follows: ■ Level 0 – Pre-primary education ■ Level 1 – Primary education or first stage of basic education ■ Level 2 – Lower secondary or second stage of basic education ■ Level 3 – (Upper) secondary education ■ Level 4 – Post-secondary non-tertiary education ■ Level 5 – First stage of tertiary education ■ Level 6 – Second stage of tertiary education In the EU Skills Panorama indicators where the ISCED classification is available, the ISCED levels have been grouped as follows: ■ Levels 0-2 ■ Levels 3-4 ■ Levels 5-6 For more information see:

ISCO – International Standard Classification of Occupations

The ISCO is one of the main international classifications of occupations. It is a tool for organising occupations into a clearly defined set of groups, according to the tasks and duties undertaken in the job. The current ISCO version is ISCO-08 and it consists of ten major occupational groupings (which are sub-divided into further occupational groups): ■ Armed forces ■ Managers ■ Professionals ■ Technicians and associate professionals ■ Clerical support workers ■ Service and sales workers ■ Skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers ■ Craft and related trades workers ■ Plant and machine operators and assemblers ■ Elementary occupations For more information see