EN RLMM Working Paper No. 2: Lessons for Local and Regional Skills Forecasting Arising from the Work of the EN RLMMM in Relation to the EU Skills Panorama

Andrew Dean (2016)

This paper seeks to identify lessons arising for local and regional forecasting systems that have been identified through the work of the EU funded project ARLI (The EU-Skills Panorama: Achieving Regional and Local Impact). The project’s aim was to influence the development of the EU Skills Panorama and was, unusually, particularly close to ongoing European Commission activity with strong links into the relevant Directorate. The EU Skills Panorama was envisaged initially as the EU portal providing information about recent and future trends in labour market and skill needs. This was failing to make a significant impact, and the project sought to nuance where and how it could evolve to help inform the work of experts at the regional and local levels. This involved interrelating the EU Skills Panorama content and approach with that of local and regional LMI experts with the intention of achieving greatly enhanced impact and added value for all concerned.
A further aim was to explore how existing regional and local provision of skills forecasting could be enhanced for stakeholders. This issue was addressed through a good practice approach as well as interrelation with the EU Skills Panorama.

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EN RLMM Working Paper No. 1: The Directions of the Development of the VET System in Poland

Jan Brzozowski and Aleksander Surdej (2014)

The aim of this paper is to describe and discuss the evolution, the current state and the perspectives of the vocational education and training (VET) system in Poland. In the period of the economic slowdown in Poland and the Financial and Sovereign Debt Crisis in several EU Member States, the need for structural reforms, including the reform of the vocational education and training is becoming increasingly important. Therefore, in the paper the special attention has been paid to the links between the education and labour markets in view of the signalled difficulties in smoothing the transition of VET graduates from schooling to work. The paper identifies the needs of Polish employers in relation to vocational training and puts forward some propositions for policy makers in order to improve the employability of VET graduates.

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