Short description of D3.1 Report on demand for NC skills and offer of training for developing NC skills

This report is focused on the study of the demand for non-cognitive skills (NCS) in the labour market as well as on the analysis of training opportunities for developing NCS with online courses and educational resources. This document is the main result of the Task 3.1 of the project Skills Match “Demand and supply analysis of NC skills” combined with some advances from the other tasks present in the WP3 “Individualised learning roadmaps”. The work is obviously based on the previous results of the WP2 “NC Skills Framework development” and especially on the NCSF, the defined framework for NCS which it is the conceptual reference for the whole project.

The report provides useful information for the purposes of the Skills Match project, especially related to the objective of providing the users of the future online system with information on the demand for specific NCS, both in general and for specific occupations and sectors. The information on training offerings will also be essential for feeding the recommender functionality of the system.

As the possible sources of information are very varied and disperse, our work firstly needed to define a solid approach combining both the feasibility of a reasonable analysis within the timeframe and resources of the project and a coverage of the main types of information valid and useful for the purpose of the project. The selected approach tries to offer information connected to relevant dimensions of the demand and the supply of skills: e.g., information on demand and supply of skills linked to geographical dimension (countries), to economic sectors, etc. The approach also considers varied types of information sources:

  • Review of literature expressing opinion and studies of academia, research and experts
  • Analysis of specific reports on demand and supply of skills by relevant EU and global stakeholders (e.g. OECD, big HR consultancy firms, etc.)
  • Exploitation of the large datasets from ESCO, the European Union classification of Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations
  • Basic statistics from other EU relevant references like EURES, the European Job Mobility Portal.
  • Direct information from job portals and from MOOC and OER repositories and directories, collected through web scraping procedures.
  • Direct statistics collected from MOOC and OER repositories and directories.
  • Online survey to employers, HR experts, etc.

As the terminology and the conceptual expression of the NCS in each of the sources is totally heterogeneous, the detailed description of our NCSF (see Deliverable 2.1 (Skills match consortium 2019)) has allowed the comparison of data from such a varied set of sources thanks to specific big effort of mapping to the 36 skills of the NCSF. The comparison was possible thanks to the use of both semi-automated procedures and manual work. This work has required innovative ways of information collection based on automated or semi-automated IT procedures including text mining and analysis of relevant web sources of information. For this work, the main concepts related to NCS and the role they play in the SkillsMatch project have been the ones already presented in the document “D2.1. Report on NC Skills Framework (Skills match consortium 2019)”.

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