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The active involvement of stakeholders and experts is crucial for the development and maintenance of ESCO. Key stakeholders include employers' organisations, trade unions, employment services, education institutions, training organisations, job portals, sector skills councils, statistical organisations and various government bodies.
The European Commission coordinates the development of ESCO. It is supported by the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) and several expert groups consisting of the most important stakeholders:
- ESCO Board - Senior representatives that provide strategic advice.
- ESCO Maintenance Committee - Technical classification experts that support the development of the ESCO methodology and the quality assurance process.
- Sectoral Reference Groups - Experts for a specific sector of economic activity in the labour market and the corresponding education and training sector. In total, 27 Sectoral Reference Groups develop the content of ESCO by defining occupational profiles, occupation-specific skills and competences and qualifications for their sector of the economy.
- Cross-Sector Reference Group consists of experts in employment and education, related standards and classifications. They have an up-to-date knowledge of relations between education and training and the labour market. The group deals with transversal skills and competences, the consistency of the skills and competences pillar and its relation to the qualifications pillar.
If you are interested in becoming involved or learning more about how to develop ESCO, we would like to hear from you. Please use the form below to contact the ESCO Secretariat. We will be in touch with you shortly.