Indicator 9. Mechanisms to identify training needs in the labour market

The material gathered below is part of the information provided by EQAVET on the state of play in quality assurance in VET systems among Member States. These practices have been provided by some Member States in the context of the work undertaken by the EQAVET work on Indicators, 2011.  


In Estonia, it is not used as an indicator. The Ministry of Education and Research forecasts sectoral training needs in vocational and higher education based on reports produced by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications annually since 2005. Each report forecasts from six to seven years, which allows for different training programmes to be developed by study fields and levels. 
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In Hungary, the meaning of this indicator is as follows
This is a sector- and regional level indicator, which has to be supported by a system defining the training directions and proportions. For the recently started regional level structure-control in the Hungarian VET  it is an important indicator, which shows what like and how effective methods are (to be) applied for the definition of the structure of the training both within and outside the school system (i.e. in adult training) in order to adapt VET to developments in the labour market.

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United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, a network of sector skills councils (SSCs) is an integral part of the planning, qualification development and funding process. SCs use validated labour market information to identify employers’ skills needs, and this is reflected in the vocational qualifications that are developed and prioritised. Qualification development is a joint enterprise involving awarding organisations and SSCs, and SSCs ultimately indicate their approval of these qualifications before they are accredited and placed on the qualifications and credit framework (for England, Northern Ireland and Wales).
In Northern Ireland the Department for Employment and Learning oversees the identification of long term strategic skills priorities using a range of labour market and forecasting data, and this underpins the areas that are prioritised through funding systems.
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