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The project SkiLMeeT (Skills for labour markets in the digital and green transition) has three main objectives:

1)         Generate data and indicators which quantify the extent of labour and skills shortages and mismatch in Europe;

2)         Еxplore the drivers of these gaps and shortages, with a focus on the digital and green transitions;

3)         Аnalyse and identify pathways to reduce skill gaps and shortages.

SkiLMeeT advances the knowledge how the work programme’s main goals can be achieved: to equip the workforce with the demanded skills, to encourage successfully the necessary reskilling and upskilling of the workforce and ultimately to realise the full potential of the digital and green transitions for Europe as a whole.

To achieve these aims, SkiLMeeT builds on an inter- and transdisciplinary approach bringing together quantitative and qualitative methods. The combination of in-depth case studies and broad analyses of European economies using a rich variety of data sources ranging from survey and administrative data to big data provides highly valuable complementary insights into the nature of shortages, their drivers and pathways out. The indicators created are transparent and easily accessible. The analyses of drivers and pathways are conducted both for all European countries and for particularly relevant example countries.

To validate the quantitative analyses, to explore mechanisms and to identify particularly promising pathways, we engage in extensive consultations and set up feedback loops with the research community, especially with relevant international and national research initiatives, and with stakeholders. The stakeholder consultations help to develop concrete policy proposals aimed at a thriving economy and an inclusive society.

The IPSS team , led by Prof. Vassil Kirov, will carry out in-depth case studies on the impact of promotion and retraining on skill transitions, using as an example occupations where there are significant labour and skill gaps (such as nurses, software engineers or welders). The Bulgarian team will lead efforts to engage with the stakeholder community at European and national level to address the specific needs and expectations of social partners at European level in order to maximise the relevance and impact of the project.

Prof. Dr. Vassil Kirov – Bulgarian project team leader
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