E-learning course on Measuring skills mismatches

Measuring skills mismatches

E-learning course on Measuring skills mismatches

17 August–4 September 2020
The course is available in English

Using a step-by-step approach, this course aims to equip national and international stakeholders with the necessary competencies to measure skills mismatches and imbalances from both the demand and supply sides. The course will highlight the latest guidelines developed by the ILO with regard to measuring skills mismatches, while also emphasizing the SDG and the decent work indicators framework.

Introduction to the course

The demand for data on various forms of skills mismatches has risen in recent years, in line with the prioritization of countries to ensure that effective policy measures and tools are formulated to improve the quality and relevance of skills formation. Many have stressed the importance of making better use of qualification and occupational skills as a prerequisite for better employment outcomes and employability, as well as improved labour productivity. The concept of skills mismatch, however, is broad and ambiguous. t can relate to many forms of labour market friction, including vertical mismatch, skill gaps, skill shortages, qualification mismatch, field of study (horizontal) mismatch and skill obsolescence. This may lead to misinterpretation of results. The existence of estimates based on different measurement approaches also leads to confusion. Skills mismatch is a concern for policy-makers, employers, and workers alike. It is a recurring theme in vocational education and skills development, with many policy initiatives launched to address various forms of skills mismatches. For evidence-based skills policymaking statistics on various forms of skill mismatches are needed. Building on its long experience in delivering training on skills and labour market analysis, the International Training Centre of the ILO in full collaboration with the ILO Department of Statistics, and in close coordination with the ILO Skills branch, the European Training Foundation, and the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training is proud to offer this three-week online training on Measuring and Analyzing Skills Mismatches.

Who attends this course?

- Labour Statisticians/officials from national statistical offices; Ministries of labour and related institutions (such as labour observatories); Other Ministries or Government institutions engaged in employment, skills development, skills matching and analysis or involved in the collection and analysis of labour market information; - Employment and development policy analysts, research and academic institutes, in addition to International organizations and Donors engaged in skills matching; - Members of skills councils, national TVET authorities or similar institutions; - Representatives of workers' and employers' organisations involved in sectoral, regional or national skills development plans.

What topics does this course cover?

Module 1

Overview of labour statistics, qualifications and skills mismatches

  • Objectives, Concepts and Definitions
  • Measurement of qualifications and skills mismatches
  • Qualifications and Skills Mismatches: Data collection, analysis and dissemination

Module 2

Identifying and anticipating skills needs

  • ILO approaches in identifying and assessing skills need
  • European Skills Index
  • European Skills and Jobs survey
  • Skills in online-job vacancies

Module 3

Measuring and analyzing skills mismatches

  • The LFS Module on occupational qualifications and skills
  • Key Indicators on Education, Skills and Employment (KIESE)
  • Vocational education key to employability & preventing young people dropping out of school
What will I learn?
  • The main definitions, terminologies, and resolutions related to qualifications and skills mismatches;
  • The differences between various approaches in measuring mismatches;
  • The statistical process of data collection, data analysis, and dissemination of labour market information related to qualifications and skills mismatches;
  • The LFS Module on occupational qualifications and skills’;
  • Measuring and analyzing demand and supply skills indicators;
  • The various methodologies and tools used for skills anticipation and matching;
  • The data sources used for jobs surveys and online job vacancies;
  • The key Indicators on education, skills and employment;
  • The drivers of change which impact the demand for skills and the reasons for labour market imbalances and their consequences
What will I be able to do?
  • ​Sound statistical data processing and analysis of skills mismatch indicators of the labour market from both the demand and supply side;
  • Utilizing different approaches for measuring mismatches;
  • Collection data, analyse, and disseminate labour market information related to qualifications and skills mismatches,
  • Use the LFS Module for analyzing occupational qualifications and skills indicators;
  • Analyse the drivers of change which impact demand for skills and the root-cases of labour market imbalances.
Why should I join?
  • ​Learn how to effectively measure and analyze skills mismatches to promote evidence-based policy making and sound socio-economic chnage;
  • Learn how to utilize different methodologies to measure skills mismatches;
  • Learn how to understand the various drivers of chnage that impact labour markets and creates skills imbalances;
  • Learn how to utilize the LFS Module on occupational qualifications and skills to effectively analyze skills imbalances;
  • Learn how to collect data, interpret, analyze, and disseminate labour market information related to skills mismatched that enhances evidence-based policy-making and promotes sound and inclusive socio-economic growth that leaves no one behind.

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