WP 6 - Understanding the Future Skills: Empowering Groups

WP6 provides new insights for better understanding of the skills needed for future workplaces. It combines and integrates data from WPs 3, 4, 5, and 8. It progresses the skills debate (e.g. about polarization, upgrading and downgrading).

  • Describes the expected skills demand of employers by using literature review, secondary data from WP3, and surveys results from WP4, 8.
  • Skill demands are compared with the supply side of Vocation and Education Training (VET) systems and training providers. The comparison clarifies gaps and improvements.
  • Provides knowledge for better inclusion of disadvantaged employees and unemployed people. It examines the skills needed for how to use the opportunities of new technology to include and empower these groups. It also examines how employers, regions and society should support this.
  • Creates better data for better decisions how to resource future workplaces with the right skills.


  1. Understanding the future skills and enriching the skills debate. Based on a literature review, an early framework is developed to classify new skills for the digital transformation (e.g. T-shaped, invisible skills).
  2. Describing the demand side for new skills - employer requirements. It is the starting point to identify requirements for the demand side of skills. After analysing the first results of WP3 (secondary analysis of quantitative data) and WP4 (data from a regional perspective), the estimation of needed skills requirements is refined.
  3. The supply side - consequences for vocational education and training - insights for how the supply side can fulfil employer requirements.
  4. Creating new opportunities for inclusiveness. The new digital technologies are capable to support inclusion of disadvantaged persons to take part in labour. This task examines how to integrate elderly, women, disabled, migrants, and low digital skilled people.
  5. Creating an approach for better data. Reliable data is needed to make appropriate decisions for the New Skills Agenda for Europe, national initiatives, and VET systems.