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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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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.