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Identification of new qualifications and competencies in the Asia-Pacific

Most Asia-Pacific countries have put in place mechanisms to systematically anticipate current and future labour market skills needs

A large majority (84%) of TVET stakeholders responding to the 2021 BILT scoping survey identified use of labour market information systems (LMIS) as the most important strategy that Asia-Pacific countries can implement to systematically identify new qualifications and competencies in TVET. Other important strategies included conducting stakeholder consultations and surveys and leveraging job and career databases. (BILT scoping study of current TVET trends in the Asia-Pacific carried out in 2021)

A growing number of Asia-Pacific countries regularly collect data on future skills needs, according to a recent UNESCO-UNEVOC trends mapping study. Whereas a 2015 study had shown that only a minority of Asia-Pacific countries regularly conduct skills forecasts or mapping exercises, 83% of Asia-Pacific TVET stakeholders participating in the trends mapping survey in 2019/20 indicated that their country regularly conducts national skills forecasts. The Asia-Pacific proportion was higher than the global average of 57%. (UNESCO-UNEVOC 2020)


“Countries that want to reduce skills imbalances in their labour markets need to have a good understanding of where the shortages, surpluses and mismatches are, and use this information to (re-)design policies."

(OECD 2021)


The BILT project is implemented by

International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training

with support of

Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training

and sponsored by

Federal Ministry of Education and Reserve

UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre

for Technical and Vocational Education and Training

UN Campus, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1

53113 Bonn, Germany


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