Dear Reader,

EBSN Communities of Practice have been launched continuously since September with online discussions in different basic skills related topics. The topic of the online discussion in November is

On 9-10 November we are going to discuss purposes, models and good practice and would like to hear from anyone who has been involved in family learning related to basic skills or is interested in developing expertise in this area. 

If you would like to contribute to the discussion, or if you just want to learn from the experiences of colleagues in other European countries please join us to discuss purposes, models and good practice in family learning related to basic skills. We hope to engage participants from all countries involved in EPALE.

The discussion starts at 10.00 (CET) on Wednesday the 9th of November and will continue until 16.00 (CET) on Thursday the 10th. The moderator of the discussion is Christine Clement (CINOP, the Netherlands).

To join the discussion please subscribe to the Community of Practice. Click on 'Subscribe to group' below the EBSN forum - Basic Skills and Family Learning. If you have any question or need any assistance, please e-mail to secretariat@basicskills.eu.

Read and watch more on this here.

Below You can find some other interesting contents to read on EPALE:


Guide to anticipating and matching skills and jobs VOLUMES 1-3

This guide is a part of the ETF, ILO and Cedefop series of guides on skills anticipation and matching. All the guides follow a common structure, although they vary in level of detail, technical content and case studies. The ETF, Cedefop and the ILO worked closely together to develop the guides, usually with one agency/ organisation taking the lead and the others providing inputs, case studies, comments and reviews. All guides have undergone extensive validation and peer review; they were also discussed in detail in international expert seminars in which academic representatives, anticipation and matching experts, and potential end‑users from across the world provided comments and feedback on content and usability. Experts and staff of the three organisations also peer reviewed the guides before their publication.

Using labour market information - Guide to anticipating and matching skills and jobs VOLUME 1

Better understanding, and more efficient use, of LMI are among potential preventive measures to reduce the risks of skills mismatch. The aim of this publication is to provide guidance through labour market monitoring and analysis of supply and demand as follows: formulation of aims of the analysis, data audit, capacity building, performance of analysis, and dissemination and use of LMI in the context of better matching.

This guide describes relevant methods, approaches and components for interpretation of LMI as well as the conditions and the operations of the labour market. It includes various measures, recent and projected trends, and restrictions and challenges to be considered in analysing LMI.

Developing skills foresights, scenarios and forecasts - Guide to anticipating and matching skills and jobs VOLUME 2

This volume covers the development of skills foresights, scenarios and skills forecasts, and aims to support setting up skills forecasting systems at national level by means of quantitative and/or qualitative approaches. The guide is built on a number of experiences and case studies in both developed and developing countries. It proposes a set of instruments devised to help guide new initiatives in this area. Adapted to specific objectives and country contexts, elements of the methods described can be combined.

Working at sectoral level - Guide to anticipating and matching skills and jobs VOLUME 3

The guide examines sectors as the key points where changes in skills demand occurs, the term sector being used to define specific areas of economic activity. A range of sectoral studies and approaches, using many different tools and methods, has been identified in the guide. Various methodological options, covering both quantitative and qualitative approaches, are reviewed. Many of the cases considered involve a combination of several such approaches. By providing the reader with concrete examples and case studies, this publication is a tool for employment policy- and decision-makers to understand whether a sectoral approach is appropriate, as well as for technical analysts and professionals who want to know how it should be implemented. It provides an overview of the role of sectoral bodies and what they do in anticipating changing skills needs. The country case studies show how skills are analysed at the sector level in different contexts and conditions.

Skillset and match – September 2016 issue 8

The latest issue of Skillset and match, Cedefop’s magazine promoting learning for work, is now available to read and download. In this issue, we look at the New skills agenda for Europe and how it can boost employability, competitiveness and growth.

There are also interviews with Greek Alternate Minister for Labour Rania Antonopoulou, European Commission’s Director of Skills Policy Detlef Eckert and Thessaloniki International Film Festival Director Élise Jalladeau.

Don’t miss a feature on how the Dutch are beating early school leaving.

The Member State contribution comes from Slovakia, which currently holds the rotating EU Presidency.

And, as usual, you can browse through the latest Cedefop publications and upcoming events.


Best wishes


Zoltán Várkonyi, Zsolt Vincze, Katalin Damjanovich, Zoltán Szabó