Contact person: Ing. Věra Czesaná CSc.

The purpose of the SkillsNet network is to bring together qualified researchers and other experts in the areas of employment, labour market and education. Their task is to address issues focusing on the rapidly changing requirements for the knowledge and skills of the workforce and on the methods of their identification so that education systems can respond to them in a timely manner through the training of both pupils and adults. The network was set up by the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) in 2003.

SkillsNet is a free association that can be joined by anyone interested in these issues. Further details and links to network members can be found on the Internet at:…/index.aspx/

Over the course of its existence SkillsNet has prepared a number of seminars and conferences. These included, for example, the Agora conference „Skills for Europe's Future“ in 2008, „Emerging Technologies: New Skills in the Field of Nanotechnology“ in 2005 (Stuttgart, Germany) „Feasibility Workshop on European Skill Needs Forecasting“ in 2005 (Paphos, Cyprus), „Trends and Related Skill Needs in the Tourism Sector“ (Halle, Germany) in 2004, „Systems, Institutional Frameworks and Processes for Early Identification of Skill Needs“ in 2004 (Dublin, Ireland) and „Early Identification of Skill Needs in Europe“ in 2003 (Thessaloniki, Greece). SkillsNet issues interesting publications drawing on expert papers delivered at these events.