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Coordinator: TNO – Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research

Funding institution:European Commission via European Research Executive Agency (ERA) HORIZON-CL2-2023-TRANSFORMATIONS-01

Partners: Leibniz Institute for Economic Research (RWI); Institute for Structural Research (IBS); Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER); Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM); Utrecht University; Institute of Philosophy and Sociology (IPS).


SkiLMeeT advances the knowledge how the Horizon Europe Call “Social and Economic transformation” under cluster 2 main goals can be achieved, i.e. 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.

Expected results

  1. Generate data and indicators which quantify the extent of labour and skills shortages and mismatch in Europe;
  2. Explore the drivers of these gaps and shortages, with a focus on the digital and green transitions;
  3. Analyse and identify pathways to reduce skill gaps and shortages.

Policy/social impact

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. To maximise SkiLMeeT’s impact, project’s indicators and insights are disseminated, as well as concrete policy proposals to policymakers, stakeholders and the public.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe Research and Innovation program under grant agreement No 101132581