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Torgier Nyen

A blog by Torgier Nyen at Fafo Skills2Capabilities – insight into the research process

Fafo has had the main responsibility for facilitating comparative case studies at subject and occupational level between Norway, Italy, Germany, Austria and England of how the subjects and the education system change when changes occur in the field of work. How does e.g. the vocational training in the field of ventilation when automated systems for ventilation have become common? The professions/work fields that are studied are ventilation technology, industrial mechanics, health workers and logistics work in warehouses. The case studies have three main elements: changes in the educations/curricula, the process for change and changes in the field of work.

Read more here: Full blog

Watch the introductory video to the project here.

Please get in touch if you would like to have more information or have questions:contact@skills2capabilities.eu

The slides used in the video are available to download here:presentation slides - pdf

Hammer and Spanner.

On the islands of the Serenissima — Horizon partner meeting

Great progress was reported at the second project meeting of our Horizon Europe project Skills2Capabilities that took place in the uplifting surroundings in Venice. Project partners of the Skills2Capabilities research project, coordinated by 3s convened in Venice last week. The meeting aimed to discuss the progress achieved in all work packages and evaluate the (preliminary) results of the project so far. The project focuses on addressing the disparity between qualification supply and demand in European labour markets by examining how qualification systems can be improved.

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Didier Fouarge Explores Changing Skills Demand at Maastricht University

Horizon partner meeting

10th-12th April 2024 - Venice

Recordings from the public event are now available. Both videos come with English captions and transcripts.

Presentation of our survey on student orientation.

Results of the Pilot Survey on Student Orientation in Junior High Schools in Veneto - MediaSpace - Università degli Studi di Padova.

Roundtable discussing the timing of the choice of high school track in Italy.

The timing of choosing high school track in Italy - MediaSpace - Università degli Studi di Padova.
Didier Fouarge Explores Changing Skills Demand at Maastricht University

Fifth network conference on Policy Studies on Adult Education (PSAE)

29th February - 2nd March 2024

Petya Ilieva-Trichkova, the leader of the Bulgarian team of the Skills2Capabilities project, took part in the Fifth Network Conference on Policy Studies on Adult Education (PSAE) network of the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA): "Problematising the Futures of Adult Education," which was held between February 29, 2024, and March 2, 2024, in Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal. Petya Ilieva-Trichkova presented a joint paper with Pepka Boyadjieva which was titled: "Can adult education policies mitigate inequalities in adult non-formal education participation?" as a part of the session Problematising the Purpose(s) of Adult Education chaired by Marcella Milana, who is a chair of ESREA and joint convenor of the ESREA Policy Studies in Adult Education network network.

ESREA Policy Studies in Adult Education network network

Conference website
Didier Fouarge Explores Changing Skills Demand at Maastricht University

Join us for a dynamic event: SKILLS HORIZONS

8 May 2024 – 10:00–12:00 (CET)

Meet the coordinators of more than 10 HORIZON Europe projects on skill development in one virtual event celebrating the closing of the European Year of Skills.

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Hammer and Spanner.

European workforce – untapped potential? Comparing distribution and effects of skills mismatch and educational mismatch

This preliminary analysis is part of the new Skills2Capabilities project, which aims to understand how skill systems across Europe can reduce the level of skills mismatch in their labour markets and respond better to meeting skill demands in a more fluid labour market environment.

Hammer and Spanner.

European workforce – untapped potential? Comparing distribution and effects of skills mismatch and educational mismatch

This preliminary analysis is part of the new Skills2Capabilities project, which aims to understand how skill systems across Europe can reduce the level of skills mismatch in their labour markets and respond better to meeting skill demands in a more fluid labour market environment.

Didier Fouarge Explores Changing Skills Demand at Maastricht University

Didier Fouarge Explores Changing Skills Demand at Maastricht University

On 10 October 2023 Didier Fouarge of Maastricht University gave a presentation on the changing demand for skills at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Development and Inspiration Days in Maastricht. This presentation drew upon the work of the Skills2Capabilities research.

Didier Fouarge Explores Changing Skills Demand at Maastricht University

"Skills2Capabilities” Project at the European Researchers’ Night 2023

On September 29, 2023, Svetlana Alexandrova from the Bulgarian Skills2Capabilities project team took part in the initiative „European Researchers’ Night 2023” (Sofia, Bulgaria). The aim of this event was to popularize science among the citizens; therefore, the programme covers various activities in schools, meetings of students and citizens with scientists in research institutes and universities, as well as events in public urban places.

Didier Fouarge Explores Changing Skills Demand at Maastricht University

Skills2Capabilities Project at the 2023 HDCA Conference in Sofia

Bulgarian team of the Skills2Capabilities project and project associates presented four papers and a poster at the HDCA Annual Conference “Vulnerability, human development and cooperative re-building in turbulent times”, September 11-13, 2023 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

2023 Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA) conference

2023 Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA) conference

In a new blog post, partner organization Fafo describes their role in leading S2C research on the responsiveness and proactiveness of vocational educational & training systems across Europe. The blog describes the progress thus far and the intended community benefits of this project. The post also explains the difference between working on national-level research and this type of multi-national collaborative project funded through the Horizon programme.

(Available in the original Norwegian - Link)

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Capabilities, concepts of VET and the supply of skills – combining two frameworks

Colleagues from the Skills2Capabilities project presented part of their research at the 2023 Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA) conference in Sofia Bulgaria. Philipp Grollman and Daniel Neff of BIBB, Torgier Nyem of Fafo and Jörg Markowitsch of 3s gave a talk entitled ‘Capabilities, concepts of VET and the supply of skills - combining two frameworks.’

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Review of the Event: Labour Shortages and Skill Mismatches

“How bad will it get? What can be done?” were the key questions of an international expert discussion on labour shortages and skill mismatches with a keynote by Ken Mayhew organised by 3s.

The event was part of the kick-off phase of the HORIZON Europe project Skills2Capabilities, which is coordinated by 3s (Jörg Markowitsch) and aims to explore how skill systems across Europe can reduce the level of skill mismatch and better respond to developments in their labour markets. The 2.4 million Euros granted project will try to incorporate the so-called human capability approach to find answers on pressing questions regarding skill mismatch on European labour markets, ranging from how to enable and support the development of future-proof skills in individuals to how companies should design and adjust workplaces to better meet demands.

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Researchers from the Bulgarian team took part in discussion of a Skills Strategy in Bulgaria

On June 13, 2023, in Sofia, two events related to the preparation of a Skills Strategy in Bulgaria were held, attended by members of the Bulgarian Skills2Capabilities team. Pepka Boyadjieva participated in the official presentation of the report:

"OECD Skills Strategy Bulgaria: Assessment and Recommendations"

The document was developed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Science and Bulgarian experts. The event was also attended by the Minister of Education and Science, the Minister of Innovation and Growth, the President of the Economic and Social Council, and the national coordinator of the European Year of Skills.