PLAN DETECTA – Identifying skills needs and reducing the skill gap through training

Evaluator

CREA - Confederación de Empresarios de Aragón, Zaragoza, SPAIN

Type/classification

ICT

Contact details of the main implementing body

Name of the organisation, original language

Instituto Aragonés de Empleo

Name of the organisation, English translation

Employment Public Services in Aragon

SECTION A - DESCRIPTION OF THE GOOD PRACTICE

Name of the practice, original language

PLAN DETECTA – Diagnosticar las necesidades de competencias y reducir la brecha existente a través de la formación

Country

Spain

Description of the practice

Public Employment Services in Aragon decided in 2009 to start a new programme aimed at making a real diagnosis about the training needs in the labour market in Aragon. This diagnosis will help to plan the Vocational Training for Employment offer in Aragon offered by the regional government in a rational way and according to the current and future socioeconomic situation.

 Since then, different stakeholders are taking part in the elaboration of this tool. The Public Employment Service is the body which coordinates the programme, with the active collaboration of trade unions (for the point of view of workers), business associations and companies (for the point of view of SMEs, mainly), technicians of the Public Employment Service (for the point of view of jobseekers), training centres, consulting companies, and experts in the labour market.

 The programme has annual objectives and activities which follow the structure to compile all the necessary information:

  • Technical workshops on the adequacy of occupational training to the labor market needs;
  • Key Informant Network on Training for Employment,
  • Working sessions with technicians from the Public Employment Services;
  • Statistical analysis;
  • Regular queries to local development agents;
  • Regular contacts with main institutions and HR companies (Adecco, Infojobs, etc.).

This plan is also a very useful information document for training centres that also offer Vocational Training for Employment.

The results are widely published yearly among companies, training centres, etc., and used by main stakeholders, specially the regional government to design the Vocational Training for Employment offer.

This programme won the Innovation in Public Management Awards in Spain (2012).

 

 

Policy context

Management of public policies aimed at improving the quality of training implies investment in chances of economic and social growth, but also, it has an impact in the professional development of workers, in the companies strategies, in the employability of groups with special difficulties, and in the productivity of the different business sectors and economic activities.

 The success of these public policies needs the cooperation among all stakeholders involved in the labour and training market.

Labour market context

Human resources skills are a key factor for the development of the production system of a region. The characteristics of these skills depend on the current economic and education systems, at medium and long term, and on the Vocational Training for Employment, in the short term.

 A methodology to detect training and skills needs is vital for the correct design of public training.

Activities

These activities are carried out yearly, together with a final evaluation to develop the final report. The final report will help to design the next year Vocational Training for Employment offer in Aragon.

  • Technical workshops on the adequacy of occupational training to the labor market needs;
  • Key Informant Network on Training for Employment (continuous prospective and analysis of the labour market trends),
  • Working sessions with technicians from the Public Employment Services;
  • Statistical analysis;
  • Regular queries to local development agents;

 

Regular contacts with main institutions and HR companies (Adecco, Infojobs, etc.).

Management and operation

The practice is managed by the regional government of Aragon, through its Public Employment System. It needs the collaboration of a wide number of actors, from the public and private sector (social agents, training centers, companies and business associations, other departments of the regional government of Aragon, etc.), to gather the information from all points of views and sectors.

Target groups/beneficiaries

Employees and job seekers, at the first stage, but also, companies and other stakeholders, like the training centers, universities, HR companies, decision makers, etc.

Start date

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End date (actual or planned)

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Gender dimension

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Products involved in or resulting from the practice

The most important products of this practice are the results themselves, which are published annually in the Public Employment Services website from the Aragon region.

http://www.aragon.es/DepartamentosOrganismosPublicos/Organismos/InstitutoAragonesEmpleo/AreasTematicas/Formacion/AccionesInvestigacion/ci.Detecci%C3%B3n-de-necesidades.detalleInaem (in Spanish)

Outcomes of the practice (planned/expected and actual)

The results of the practice are the following:

  • identifying the training needs in the labour market;
  • identifying the skill needs in the labour market;

 

  • adapting the Vocational Training for Employment offer in Aragon according to the diagnosis of the training and skill needs made.

Source of funding

Regional budget (tax revenue)

Main responsible body, type

Public Employment Service at regional or local level

Role of implementing body

Promoter and coordinator

Other bodies involved in implementation of the practice as partners or contractors

From the public sector, the implementing body has the help of other departments from the regional government. And from the private sector, social agents (trade unions and business associations), training centres, companies, experts on human resources, etc. All of them collaborate in the programme on a voluntary basis, although some of them are join the Public Employment Services in other partnerships.

Evaluation - Was the practice evaluated?

Yes, internal evaluation

SECTION B - CLASSIFICATION OF PRACTICE

Target group(s)

Employers, Jobseekers, People seeking training

Employers

All employers

Jobseekers

All unemployed

People seeking training

Employees, Out of work - adult, Out or work - youth

B.2 Type of practice

B.2.1 Practices related to management or servicing of clients

Registration, skill assessments, identification of client needs and matching

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B.2.2 Practices related to labour market information and improvement of micro and smes’ procedures

Labour market information (LMI)

Collection of LMI (demand, supply or both), Analysis of LMI

Micro and SMEs’ procedures

Identification of needed skills, Staff training/development

B.2.3 Practices related to skill mismatch reduction

Supports aimed at reducing skill mismatch (targeted to unemployed or employed)

Training (classroom), Training (work-based, including apprenticeship)

Supports aimed at reducing skill mismatch: labour mobility

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Sharing the cost of training and skills development

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B.3 Delivery method(s)

Delivery methods involved

Face to face contacts

B.4 Contracting out

Extent of contracting out of practice: The service is contracted out…

Not at all

Type of subcontractor(s)

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B.5 Partnership

Type of partners involved in implementation of the practice

Public, Private

SECTION C - Information about evaluation of the practice

When was the practice evaluated?

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Type of organisation carrying out the evaluation

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Details of the organisation responsible for carrying out the evaluation

Name of the organisation, original language/Name of the evaluator

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Name of the organisation, English translation

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E mail

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Web page

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Overall evaluation methodology/methodology

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Indicators in the evaluation

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Main findings of the evaluation

 

Change in practice following evaluation

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C.1 Documentation of the evaluation

Type of documentation

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Reference

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Monitoring evidence

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SECTION D - PRACTICE CRITERIA

D.1 - Evidence of results

Detailed information and data about the practice coming from the evaluation/monitoring process is available, Supporting materials are available

D.2 - Relevance

Programme logic: actions appear to be coherent with the objectives to be achieved by the practice, The practice responds to identified needs

D.3 - Availability of clear and adequate information

Data and documentation (e.g. evaluation reports) are available, Documentation can be found on the internet

D.4 - Impact

The practice demonstrates, by means of qualitative and/or quantitative results, an improvement in the skills needs identification and the skills matching in the digital and/or in the green economy involving and/or for the benefit of small and medium enterprises

D.5 - Innovation

The practice integrates new elements of intervention to achieve an improvement in the skills needs identification and/or in the skills matching in the digital and/or in the green economy involving and/or for the benefit of small and medium enterprises

D.6 - Broad-based participation

The practice is led and supported by stakeholders partnership who strive towards the pursued goals and are committed to the success of the practice., The practice enjoys the collaboration of various administrations and government bodies and/or business associations/organisations and/or chambers of commerce that afford their support to the project.

D.7 - Sustainability

The practice leads to lasting changes in the way of working and strategic planning in the long term., Resources are/can be made (cross out that which does not apply) available for continuation of the practice.

D.8 - Mainstreaming

The practice or elements therein were/can be (cross out that which does not apply) mainstreamed into the day-to-day operations of the implementing body, The practice or elements therein were/can be (cross out that which does not apply) adopted by other stakeholders, The practice or elements therein were/can be (cross out that which does not apply) adopted by actors located in similar areas, The results of the practice were disseminated to policy makers, NGOs, enterprises, civil society, etc.

D.9 - European Added Value and Transferability

The practice’s progressive and/or established ideas may be applied to parallel or similar situations in the same or different regions., The practice acts as a source of inspiration for new projects., The practice includes an evaluation of the practice itself., The practice involves the various people that have taken part in the activities in the evaluation phase.

D.10 - Additional comments

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