BACKGROUND OF THE PROJECT
The “Forecasting 2020” group of the CPRDF (Regional Contract Plan for Developing Training) brings together all regional stakeholders in the employment and training field, around the issue of “What kind of training for what jobs?”. Before the contract is signed, this group has highlighted the major challenge of adjusting competences to cope with economic changes.
On the proposal of ORFE, the group will continue its work through participatory qualitative surveys managed by our networks among companies.
This project, called REBEQUA (Network of surveys on skill needs), aims at anticipating the evolution of skills in the key-economic sectors of the Centre region. It is inspired by the Italian RIF method (see below).
The originality of this qualitative survey is its participatory approach. Networks (institutions, professional branches, companies, trade unions, experts) will cooperate throughout the entire process: collective building of the questionnaire, sending it to companies, shared analysis of the results.
- To anticipate employment trends over the medium term;
- To forecast skills ;
- To tailor training provision to regional needs;
- To integrate our networks in a participatory process for a shared analysis of the results.
The REBEQUA project will be led as an experiment in the framework of the CPRDF, in two economic sectors:
Here are the steps of our experiment :
WHERE DOES IT COME FROM? THE EURANEC PROJECT
In 2010, ORFE has benefited from European funds through the ESF, and has therefore launched the Euranec project in which ORFE exchanged with other European observatories on anticipating economic changes. On the occasion of a study visit to Turin, our team had the possibility to exchange with IRES, the Labour Market Observatory of Piedmont and CIS on the RIF project investigating skills, that had been developed in the Region:
The initial objective of this investigation is to limit the mismatch between labour supply and demand. It was implemented in 2006 with the creation of a network of institutions and social partners called RIF (Network of Surveys about Needs of Competences) . It aimed at creating a permanent system of surveys with common technical tools to exchange and process data. The survey is based on a medium-term forecast, to anticipate employment trends for the next five years. It is essentially a qualitative approach, which is conducted on a sectorial basis (19 economical sectors).
This method requires a close cooperation between institutions and social partners, and a strong commitment of employers and unions throughout the investigation.
The RIF method:
->Presentation of the good practice « RIF »;
->Results of our first study visit: how to transfer a good practice in the Centre region.
-> Launch of our project named “REBEQUA”: presentation of the experiment.
-> Goal: mobilizing all networks of involved regional stakeholders.
18/05/2011 First Working group
-> Common work and debate around elements that evolve in both economical sectors (catering, metallurgy)
22/06/2011 : Second working group
-> Common work and debate on changing competences in both economic sectors
11/07/2011: Third working group
-> Collective questionnaire-building (soon available online)
Summer 2011: Test
-> Questionnaires will be tested to be finalized by the end of September (beginning of the global survey).