"Many countries are experiencing a persistent gap between the skills needed in the labour market and those offered by the workforce. Skills anticipation is a strategic and systematic process through which labour market actors identify and prepare to meet future skills needs, thus helping to avoid potential gaps between skills demand and supply. "

What is it?

This guidance note explains the key components of skills anticipation systems, including data, methodologies, tools, and institutions.

How does it work?

It outlines key elements in the system of skills needs anticipation: data and data sources, methods, tools, and the role of institutions. It also provides country examples, as well as suggestions for further resources on skills needs analysis and anticipation.

Why is it useful?

It is an introductory tool for users interested in learning about skills needs anticipation.


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Government officials, policy makers, and representatives of workers' and employers' organisations.