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Developing Skills in a Changing World of Work: Concepts, Measurement and Data Applied in Regional and Local Labour Market Monitoring Across Europe

by Graham Attwell - August 3, 2018

This year, the Annual Meeting of the European Network on Regional Labour Market Monitoring is being organised in co-operation with the Marchmont Employment and Skills Observatory at the University of Exeter. The conference explores the transformation of skills needs in European regions and localities. On 10 September, it focuses on the specific needs of different target groups, such as young people entering the labour market, low and unskilled workers or unemployed. The emphasis is on the availability of data for monitoring such developments and different concepts for operationalising and measuring

What is ESCO?

by Graham Attwell - June 5, 2018

The European ESCO (European skills / competences, qualifications and occupations) system identifies and categorises skills, competences, qualifications and occupations in a standard way, using standard terminology in all EU languages and a format that can be used by third party software. It enables users to exchange CVs and job vacancies stored in different IT systems. The multilingual ESCO classification is composed of descriptors linking occupations, skills / competences and qualifications and linked to relevant international classifications and frameworks, such as NACE, ISCO and EQF. The ESCO system is being extended

Big data and real time Labour Market Information

by Graham Attwell - April 14, 2018

There is increasing research and practice in the use of big data to provide advanced real time Labour Market Information about supply and demand in the Labor market and skills requirements and needs. In part this has been a result of technological advances in collecting, cleaning, storing and analysing large and dynamic databases. Driving it is changes in the Labour market, including the need for closer links between the Labor market and education and training provision, the rapid emergence of new and changed occupations and the speed of changes in

Occupational, skills and course classification systems (2)

by Graham Attwell - March 18, 2018

In the last article, I described the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system used in the UK to classify and describe occupations. People often tend to assume that the same system is used in other countries, especially in Europe. It is not so simple. The USA also calls its classification system SOC, but uses a considerably different system. Similarly there are different classification systems in different European countries. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) produces the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO). The present version – ISCO08 – is an update on

Standards and Classification systems (1)

by Graham Attwell - February 18, 2018

One thing I frequently get asked questions about is classification systems. How are jobs classified and where does the classification system come from? Are classification systems the same in the UK and in other countries? How are job classifications related to courses? And how does LMI for All use classification systems? In this and a following post I will try to answer some of those questions. In the UK jobs are classified according to the Standard Occupation System 2010 (SOC 2010) which was an updated version of the previous SOC2000

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