ESF Programme

The implementation of OSKA is funded from the European Social Fund (ESF).

Programme title:

Development of OSKA, a system of labour market monitoring and future skills forecasting

Final beneficiary:

Estonian Qualifications Authority

Eligibility period:

1/1/2015 – 31/12/2020

The total cost of OSKA actions is EUR 4,400,000 – financed as follows: ESF funding up to 85%, up to the maximum amount of EUR 3,740,000; national co-financing at least 15% with the minimum amount of EUR 660,000.

The action is supported under the Operational Programme for Cohesion Policy Funding 2014-2020, Priority Axis 1: Qualifications and skills meeting the needs of society and the labour market, using the EU financial resources designated for thematic objective 5: Reducing the mismatch between labour market needs and skills provided by vocational and higher education.

Objective

The action seeks to improve the labour market relevance of education and training. The outcomes of the analyses and forecasts of labour market needs provide essential input to the qualification and career counselling system and to curricula development as well as for various agencies funding education and training.

Description and outcomes of the project

The aim of the action is to build platforms of cooperation between employers and education providers; to analyse the development opportunities and needs of different sectors of the Estonian economy; to prepare labour market training requirements based on various activities or professions to facilitate the planning of education provision at different levels of education and by types of school as well as in the fields of retraining and in-service training.

A regular and systematic modality of monitoring, forecasting, and gathering feedback on future labour needs is being launched; the Coordination Council and sectoral expert panels have been established and every individual can test their skills in a competence-based self-assessment web environment. ‘Labour market training requirements’ are prepared as a direct result of these activities, taking into account the demand and supply of labour and skills and the demographic situation.

OSKA provides accurate and clear information on society’s labour market opportunities and needs as well as on the existing skills at the level of individuals for developing educational choices and policies in the key sectors of Estonian society.

Specific actions together with precise budgets and timeframes for achieving the results are set out in annual OSKA action plans. All actions are to be implemented throughout the eligibility period.