Skills Monitoring in European Regions and Localities: State of the Art and Perspectives

Transparency on the supply and demand of skills in a locality or region is crucial for employees, unemployed, training and placement organisations, as well as for enterprises and labour politics as all of these actors are influential for effective skills matching. In recent years, in numerous regions across Europe, skills monitoring has been implemented to provide this transparency. This anthology gives a broad overview on different approaches and good practice examples in regional or local skills monitoring. It also demonstrates how regional or local framework conditions can influence the implementation of specific concepts within skills monitoring.

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Skills Monitoring in European Regions and Localities

Currently, skills shortages can be observed in different sectors and occupations and they are expected increase further. This will demand more skills, specialisation, improved education and training as the economic crisis has uncovered the existing gaps and the importance of tailored education and training. Also new jobs require innovative concepts and forms for training and educational reforms. Furthermore, the transferability of skills between professions and sectors is important in the face of more flexibility in the labour market. The changing requirements of regional and local labour markets make adjustments in educational and training systems necessary. Regional and local labour market monitoring can give direction and orientation through information about skill demands and requirements. Simultaneously, it is an instrument to depict how to achieve a better skill matching through educational and training reforms. Therefore, Annual Meeting of the EN RLMM aimed to specify the role of regional and local labour market monitoring in the process of skills development.

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