ESCO presented at the European Training Foundation’s thematic workshop on skills anticipation and matching in Dublin

The ESCO team participated in the 7 thematic workshop of the Eastern Partnership “Make it Match” network on the 27th - 28th of September in Dublin. The workshop focused on methods to improve skills anticipation approaches in the age of digital data ad industry 4.0 and it has been organised jointly by the European Training Foundation (ETF), the European Commission (DG NEAR) and the Department of Education and Skills Ireland.The event was also part of the European Vocational Skills Week 2018.The participants in the workshop were experts and officials representing the Ministries of Education, Labour, Economy, public employment services,statistical offices, researchers and academia from the Eastern partnership countries, namely Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The goal of the workshop was to strengthen the exchange of best practices,mutual learning and building capacity for the anticipation of skills demand and imbalances between the Eastern Partnership countries and initiatives at national and EU level as represented by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit in Ireland and ESCO and EURES. On the 2 day, the ESCO team presented the ESCO classification to illustrate the addedvalue of a multilingual pan-European taxonomy for job matching purposes, for big data analytics and comparable statistics on occupations and skills at EU level. Moreover, the practical use of ESCO has been shown in concrete applications such as EURES, where the EURES team explained how ESCO is used for matching job vacancies with candidates in the European job mobility portal.The workshop also showcased how ESCO is being used by the Public employment service of Ireland (JobsIreland) to facilitate the job matching process which is greatly benefitting both employers and jobseekers alike. Overall,the workshop highlighted the interest of the Eastern Partnership countries in the development and use of ESCO, as an important tool they would like to use in their own national context. Lastly, participants have also pointed out the importance and great benefit of using ESCO for EU-wide statistical analyses such as determining skills and occupational surpluses and shortages, for graduates tracking and skills anticipation.