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OSKA analyses the needs for labour and skills necessary for Estonia’s economic development over the next 10 years

OSKA sectors and findings

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“We need to focus on and support facility management to ensure a better real estate environment. This field needs more qualified workers who have a good knowledge of technical systems and constructions and know how to manage and maintain them. At the same time, the awareness of real estate owners should be raised about the cooperation with service providers. In that way, professional and informed facility management is created.”

Jüri Kröönström

Executive Director of the Estonian Facility Management Association

“Employers are looking for broad-minded employees with master’s degree in law, who in addition to good practical skills have an outstanding base of knowledge of law and legal system and excellent analytical skills.”

Kai Härmand

Deputy Secretary General at the Ministry of Justice

“The transition to circular economy requires reorganising the management of natural resources, also a new direction in the design and manufacturing of products and the reuse of waste in more areas. To implement those aspects, companies and organisations need qualified employees.”

Erik Kosenkranius

Deputy General Director at the Environmental Board

“More than ever we are connected to the stories that we see on the screens either at work or in our free time. We create those stories, or we follow others and share their stories. Thus, we are all a part of the colourful global media industry as creators and readers. ”

Andres Jõesaar

Vice-Rector for Creative Activities and Cooperation at Tallinn University

“What takes baby woodpecker up to the tree? The internal force – the fact that it is a woodpecker not a chicken, badger or dog. In the same way, people active in the field of culture and creative industries wish to be part of the cultural creation. As well as in sports, coaches help others to reach their goals, whether it is a healthier lifestyle or good results at competitions. ”

Tarvi Sits

Secretary General at the Ministry of Culture

“In the future, the labour shortage in trade will remain, therefore businesses must manage with less workers. Successful companies keep and train their employees, providing them personal development opportunities.”

Nele Peil

Estonian Traders Association, CEO

“In the field of accommodation, catering and tourism, keeping and training employees, creating innovative services, and increasing the quality of services will become more important in the future.”

Helle Gern

Project Manager at the Estonian Tourist Board of Enterprise Estonia

“The real future is shaped by teachers and researchers, who work in classrooms, lecture halls, laboratories and at field trips. Building the future is one of the most meaningful things to dedicate your life to. ”

Mati Heidmets

Professor of Social Psychology at Tallinn University

“HR managers should be included in the management in order to ensure smart labour force planning. Therefore, the respective speciality studies must increase focus on economic studies, strategic planning, design thinking, process management, automation, technological expertise, predictive analytics, etc., in order to make HR managers worthy partners to CEOs. ”

Tiina Saar-Veelmaa

Career counselor and expert in workplace happiness

“The greatest challenge of entrepreneurs in apparel and textile industry is finding ways to bring about a sudden increase in added value. This would also allow them to introduce a considerable increase in employees' wages.”

Meelis Virkebau

Promoter of apparel and textile industry

“Major shift in generations is happening in the agricultural and food industry companies. Wider use of just-in-time manufacturing with the help of new technologies and investments into adding value to the raw material create the conditions for taking the sector to a new level. ”

Tiina Saron

Estonian Chamber of Agriculture and Commerce, Member of the Board

“To ensure the development of Estonian construction sector, the increase of productivity and keeping up with the rest of the world, the use of innovative solutions and management principles and valuing cooperation must be promoted and the professional competence of people working in construction must be raised.”

Jüri Rass

Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Deputy Secretary General

“The near future of transportation, logistics and motor vehicle repair and maintenance is mainly related to the technological development trends. Digitalisation, driverless and electrical vehicles and new business models change the need for labour force and skills.”

Rami Morel

Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Economic Development Department

“Although energy and mining companies are in high esteem as employers, the need for new employees is a significantly higher in several professions than the number of young people who wish to study these specialities. Even though power engineering is a difficult discipline to study, the result is a well-paid and valued job in an extremely interesting field.”

Einari Kisel

World Energy Council, Regional Manager for Europe

“Cars, phones, new medications, computers and the Internet have undoubtedly influenced various fields of health care. However, the health care system has changed considerably less compared to the work in factories, banks, transportation or media companies. There are signs in the air that the most recent technological leap in other sectors drags along the health care system that has conservatively held itself back.”

Kristjan Port

School of Natural Sciences and Health of Tallinn University, Associate Professor

“Fast development of chemical and materials technology will create interesting jobs in the future of this sector of industry. For the sustainable development of the sector, there is a need for chemical engineers, product development engineers and industrial engineers.”

Hallar Meybaum

Federation of Estonian Chemical Industries, Managing Director

“OSKA study is a thorough and necessary future forecast of the recent time in the field of manufacturing of metal products, machinery and equipment. It confirms that professions related to manufacturing industry are worth studying; Estonian labour market needs smart specialists now and in the future.”

Indrek Rohtma

Federation of Estonian Engineering Industry, Chairman of the Board

“The need for labour force in social work will grow in the future – personal assistance services, social transport, childcare, day care, home care and domestic personal assistance services for the elderly and disabled persons are needed considerably more. There is also a growing need for social workers with higher education who are expected to develop local and engage in local services and community work. The employers have a great challenge to offer competitive salary and motivating working conditions for people who have a higher education in social work.”

Indrek Rohtla

Association of Estonian Social Work, Member of Board

“Employers expect formal education and training to prepare workers who are able to see the ‘big picture’ and can quickly contribute to the workforce. ”

Pille Meier

Estonian Forest and Wood Industries Association, Key expert on OSKA Forestry and Timber Industry Sector

“For adapting the educational courses on offer to labour market requirements and to increase the competitiveness of the Estonian economy is essential to increase the workforce numbers generating higher added value.

Margus Tammeraja

Association of Estonian Accountants, Key expert on OSKA Accounting Sector

“For increasing the competitiveness of the Estonian economy it is needed to increase by the year 2020 the number of ICT professionals by a factor of 1.5, who are able to create and implement innovative technological solutions. ”

Jüri Jõema

Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications, Key expert on OSKA ICT Sector

OSKA methodology

OSKA applied research surveys on sectoral needs for labour and skills are unique because they use a combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods and analyse professional qualifications across all levels of education. For this purpose, both statistical data and information collected from personal interviews with sectoral experts and from group discussions are used.

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OSKA management

The implementation of OSKA is overseen by the OSKA Coordination Council, which has 11 members. Each year, the Coordination Council submits an overview of the state of play regarding labour market and skills and its proposals to the Government through the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.

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