Identification of new qualifications and competencies in Europe

The European Commission, as part of the 2020 Skills Agenda, recognizes the importance of skills intelligence as the foundation for skilling, upskilling and reskilling Europe’s workforce

The European Skills, Competencies and Occupations (ESCO) system identifies and categorises skills, competencies and occupations relevant to the EU labour market and its education and training systems. (European Commission 2020)

ESCO provides access to intelligence on skills needs in occupations, sectors and thematic areas. It maintains disaggregated data on countries, which are available in 27 European languages. A number of free open-source tools linked to ESCO exist, including an online skills intelligence platform (Skills Panorama) hosted by the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop). (European Union 2021)

The EU Skills Panorama, launched in 2012, supports the effort to provide better data and intelligence on skill needs in the labour market
(ETF, Cedefop and ILO 2016)

ESCO’s common reference terminology helps make the European labour market more effective and integrated, and allows the worlds of work and education/training to communicate more effectively with each other.
(European Commission 2020)





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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