Labour markets are dynamic institutions that are gradually but permanently changing their demand for skills. The main challenges labour markets in Europe currently face are those of an ageing workforce and expected changes to skills and work profiles due to automation and digitalization. While the skill demand is changing, skills are becoming more and more important in labour markets. Disadvantaged and low-skilled people are likely to find themselves in a rather vulnerable situation since the current technological change makes an increasing part of their work susceptible to substitution by technology. Those people need to enhance their skills for keeping up with the developments and they need some support in order to do so.

REPLAY-VET is an ERASMUS+ strategic partnership that aims to identify requalification strategies for low-skilled people in order to more adequately cover the future replacement positions.

This project will provide insights for the European Union and its member states in order to facilitate their capability of designing VET strategies. These strategies will help disadvantaged or low-skilled people to improve their employability, to acquire the necessary skills and to take advantage of the opportunities created by the need of replacements in the labour markets.

Start date: 1 January 2017
Finish date: 31 December 2018


We seek to better align future labour market demands with opportunities to low-skilled people through analyzing the present and future labour market needs. Therefore, we explore in which sectors and occupations low-skilled people are more concentrated. We seek to identify the replacement needs, trends of those sectors and occupations as well as changes required in the skills. Furthermore we discuss possible obstacles and good practices when attracting and training low-skilled people. Contact to key stakeholders in the field of VET in their respective regions is crucial. We would very much appreciate if you could share your experiences with us.

Based on the analysis of present and future labour market needs, requalification strategies for upskilling low-skilled people through the VET system will be designed. The strategy will cover the relationship between replacement demand projections, vocational training policy and active employment policies.The aim of the project is to create an Occupational Kit which will help VET institutions, employment services and policy makers to enhance the employability of low-skilled people by matching the needs of the replacement demand in their particular region or locality.

The results of each activity will be made available in the section “RESULTS/PUBLICATIONS” in due course of the project.