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This November, PPMI signed yet another contract with the European Training Foundation, this time for a project in the creative and cultural sector.

The impact of global drivers of change and innovation (automation, digitalisation, climate change, demographic change, etc.) on the transformation of skills needs has already been widely recognised. It is well-understood that manual jobs are more likely to disappear, while digital skills are of increasing importance. However, little research has been conducted on how these drivers actually contribute to transformation within a company, particularly in relation to skills needs and skills utilisation.

In the current project, the ETF wishes to learn how global drivers affect skills transformation in the crafts and design sector, in eight of its partner countries: Albania. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. The research team will first prepare “Sectoral Portraits” for each country, which describe the current state of the sector as well as important trends within sector. Based on these portraits, the team will select four countries for in-depth research on skills transformation.

To meet the diversity of tasks and countries, the research team comprises not only PPMI staff, but also Cultural Economics and crafts expert Arjo Klamer, and skills and innovation expert Hanne Shapiro. The team is supported by eight national experts representing each selected country, and the quality of all work is assured by the independent review by global value chain expert Karina Fernandez-Stark and VET and skills transformation expert Andrew McCoshan.

The final results of both phases should support the ETF in understanding the transformation of skills needs in the crafts and design sector in its partner countries and allow for better tailored interventions and support programmes to increase the ability of education institutions to respond to the change in skills demand.


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