Regional Conceptual and Programmatic Framework on Skills for Adolescents in Europe and Central Asia (ECA)

Although participation in education across Europe and Central Asia is high, more and more studies show that education systems are not preparing youth for the demands of the labour market. The curricula are still highly knowledge-based and teachers lack the ability to transfer crucial 21st century skills (problem solving, communication, critical thinking, etc.). UNICEF ECARO planned to develop a Conceptual and Programmatic Framework on skills for adolescents in Europe and Central Asia to address key issues in skills development by adolescents in the region. With the framework, UNICEF aims to better prepare adolescents for the labour market and for successful participation in society.

To support this process, PPMI conducted research on various aspects related to skills education (existing skills frameworks, labour market trends influencing skills demand and current skills education initiatives) that will function as foundation for the CPF of UNICEF. The following three reports were prepared by PPMI:

  1. Comparative analysis of existing skills frameworks and developing the outline for the Regional Conceptual and Programmatic Framework;
  2. Analysis of labour market trends in Europe and Central Asia to identify and forecast the skills mismatch and future demand;
  3. Mapping of skills education initiatives across the region, with more in-depth analysis of 6 countries, to identify the levels and dimensions of education facilitating skills development.

Throughout the execution of the project, PPMI also consulted UNICEF on the use of the results, consultation of stakeholders and methods for implementation of the CPF once completed.

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