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Anticipating skills needs: ETF provides guides for partner countries

October 19, 2016

The European Training Foundation (ETF) has co-produced a series of ‘how-to’ guides to help partner countries with skills matching and anticipation. Policymakers and employment and labour market experts from 24 partner countries were brought together to learn about the tools and methodologies developed by the ETF, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop).

The week-long learning programme covered tracer studies, graduate and employer surveys, methods for collecting, interpreting and applying data to policy development, the role of labour market observatories and employment services, and forecasting skill supply and demand. Participants came from partner countries including Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Lebanon, Moldova, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia and Ukraine.
The course, which included site visits and simulations, was a new ‘out-of-the-box’ approach for the ETF, and one welcomed by participants. Egypt’s Deputy Minister for Technical Education, Ahmed Elgeushey Hassanein, says the programme will help shape the future of technical and vocational education and training. “It was very useful because it provides the data, methodologies and tools to do the job and start the policymaking process."(EU Neighbourhood Info)
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