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Stay tuned for the European Skills Index!

08/06/2017Ilias Livanos
Since 2013, at Cedefop we have been working on constructing a skills index.
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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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4 essential skills questions we helped to answer in 2017

When you work in the field of education or labour market, you certainly have many questions about skills. In 2017, Skills Panorama continued to provide you with labour market and skills intelligence to help you finding answers.
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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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How are skill needs assessed and matched? What is in place in EU countries

What type of education and training to undertake? Which curricula need to be updated to reflect new skills? What mix of skilled labour to hire? What type of training programmes to offer to the unemployed? Policy-makers, VET providers, public employment services, employers, parents and individuals...
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How can VET, skills and qualifications play a role in the EU refugee crisis?

The global refugee crisis is characterised by very high and increasing numbers of the refugee population. According to UNHCR data, the number of refugees worldwide stood at 22.5 million at the end of 2016, and it was distributed unevenly with Turkey sheltering the greatest number of refugees, hos...
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Making labour market and skills intelligence policy relevant: How Cedefop supports countries

In the challenging economic climate that followed the global financial crisis, the objective of strengthening links between education and training and the labour market became an increasingly important policy priority. 
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Same job, different tasks?

26/04/2018Martina Bisello
Understanding the effects of technological changes on skills stands high at policy debates. Different methodological approaches try to grasp these effects and facilitate evidence-based policy decisions.
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Big data and bigger job opportunities: From Sherlock Holmes to Data Science

07/02/2018Dafni Georgiou
In Arthur Conan Doyle’s book “A Scandal in Bohemia”, Holmes refers to the misconception of impulsive actions arguing that “It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.” 
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Understanding the online labour market in the EU

12/01/2018Vladimir Kvetan
Online job vacancies (OJV) form an easily accessible source of data on skills demand by employers, thanks to advances in web crawling technologies, machine learning and big data techniques. Cedefop currently develops an EU-wide system to explore and analyse these data[1]. However, information on ...