In a research project about business-oriented adult vocational and supplementary training New Insight has developed new methods of identifying enterprises' demand for qualifications.
The description of the current demand for qualifications and the prediction of new needs are currently being performed by several different organisations such as educational institutions, training committees and professional organisations which all use a broad range of methods.
This project shows that the job advertisements on jobnet.dk (Jobnet is the public job centres' Internet facility for all jobseekers and employers in Denmark) does not provide the complete picture of the enterprises' demand for qualifications, but that they provide an accurate picture with some reservations. Generally, the study points to the fact that there is cause for the following reservations when the job advertisements are interpreted:
- The advertisements provide a picture of a demand for qualifications that weights process-dependent qualifications higher than in the general recruitment of the enterprises.
- That a number of demands, both process-dependent and process-dependent, are typically left out in the advertisements.
- That differences in the demands phrased by the enterprises across sectors are not necessarily an expression of real differences in the qualification demands in the jobs. Rather, they reflect different expectations that the enterprises have to the qualifications in the groups they wish to recruit from.
The conclusion is that with the use of new methods the players will have the opportunity to supplement and qualify their descriptions of the enterprises' current demand for qualifications.
The method used in the project is based on data mining in the Internet-based job databases and in the project we have used www.jobnet.dk. A tool has been developed which enables the key players themselves to examine the current demand for qualifications based on the job advertisements of the enterprises (www.newinsight.dk/jobnet). The tool is a prototype whiche only illustrates the functionality but it has not been finished with regard to design or functionality.
The project has been carried out for the pilot competence centre KvaliNord under the auspices of the Adult Vocational Training Centre of Northern Jutland (AMU North Jutland) in collaboration with the Centre for Labour Market Research at Aalborg University (CARMA).
Contact Vice Director Finn Tidemand, if you wish to know more about the project.
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