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SkiLMeeT consortium wins Horizon Europe research grant to study skills gap

Leiden, Netherlands, 1 January  2024 – The SkiLMeeT research consortium was awarded almost €3 million to explore how the digital and green transformations of European economies are changing the demand for and supply of skills. Over the next three years, the group will analyse the scope of skills shortages and mismatches, identify drivers, and propose innovative ways to address the gaps.

The SkiLMeeT consortium comprises eight research institutions from six European countries. The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) is the coordinator of the project, taking on the bulk of the administrative and financial burden; TNO and Germany’s RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research are the scientific coordinators. The other consortium partners are Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) of Italy; the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER); Poland’s Institute for Structural Research (IBS); Utrecht University from the Netherlands; the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; and Aldgate Strategy Group, based in Poland.

“As Europe experiences the rapid acceleration of the green and digital transitions, we are observing significant shifts in the demand for skills,” says SkiLMeeT scientific coordinator Ronald Bachmann of RWI. “However, we lack comprehensive and comparable cross-country indicators on skills and labour shortages, which poses a significant obstacle for skills matching and for developing policies that can help mitigate this problem. Our consortium will address this gap in the knowledge.”

The research project, whose full title is “Skills for labour markets in the green and digital transition”, will develop indicators of skills shortages and mismatches in Europe, provide new insights into the drivers of the skills gap and offer policy recommendations on how to close the gap. SkiLMeeT employs an inter- and transdisciplinary approach, using a variety of data sources, conducting analyses and engaging in extensive consultations with stakeholders.

The planned output includes nine datasets and indicators, nine technical reports, 15 research papers, and 11 policy briefs.

The SkiLMeeT consortium’s proposal was one of 103 projects submitted to the Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Actions call: Inclusiveness in times of change (HORIZON-CL2-2023-TRANSFORMATIONS-01).