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Volume 53, No. 4, November 2018
Reconceptualising system transitions in education for marginalised and vulnerable groups
Guest Editors: Paul Downes, Erna Nairz‐Wirth, Jim Anderson

Volume 53, No. 3, September 2018
Learner agency at the confluence between rights-based approaches and well-being
Guest Editor: Jean Gordon

Volume 53, No. 2 June 2018
Special Issue: Are Student Assessments Fit For Their Purposes?
Guest Editor: Janet Looney

Volume 53, No. 1. March 2018
Special Issue: Innovative approaches to Continuous Professional Development in Early Childhood Education and Care. A European perspective.
Guest Editors: Brecht Peleman, Bente Jensen and Jan Peeters

Volume 52, No. 4 December 2017
Special Issue: Education for people, prosperity and planet: Can we meet the sustainability challenges?
Guest Editor: Aaron Benavot

Volume 52, No. 3 September 2017
Title: Participatory Design for (Built) Learning Environments
Guest Editors: Karen D. Könings and Susan McKenney

Volume 52, No. 2 June 2017
Title: The Influence of PISA on Education Policies
Guest Editors: Alain Michel and Xavier Pons

Volume 52, No.1 March 2017
Title : Higher education learning outcomes - transforming higher education ?
Guest Editors : Joakim Caspersen and Nicoline Frolich

Volume 51, No.4 December 2016
Title: Governance Dynamics in Complex Decentralised Education Systems
Guest Editors: Edith Hooge

Volume 51, No 3 September 2016
Title : Vocational Schooling and Social Exclusion in the Western Balkans
Guest Editors : Claire Gordon and Will Bartlett

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Identifying Key Occupations of the New Economy in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan (March 2001 to Spring 2002)

Type of project/activity:

technical assistance


To support vocational education and training (VET) reforms in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan by developing approaches for improving the links between labour market needs and VET. To develop staff capacity to identify changes in existing and emerging occupations, identify the consequences for training and updating classifications.


In Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan the development of VET is a priority, with national programmes for its development, new legislation, new classifications of occupations and substantial donor-funded activities to ensure that the reforms meet international standards. Training standards need to be developed for new and changing occupations and vocational education should be more closely related to the needs of the labour market.


EIESP (project leader), NEWIDIEM, UK, and National Observatories of Uzbekstan and Kyrgyzstan

Main activities:

A pilot methodology was agreed, using a "skills economy" approach which seeks to achieve the best match among the needs of individuals, businesses and the vocational education and training system and allows economies of a very different nature to place their labour market approach within a framework of economic development and better social conditions. The approach focuses on deficiencies and gaps, as well as shortages.

A study visit was organised to Wales (UK) in July 2001 to provide experience for four project staff members of a current EU approach in gathering and using labour market information to understand and plan for changing skills needs. Dissemination seminars were organised in Bishkek and Tashkent (autumn 2001) to present the project and the study visit to key actors and agencies in each country. Questionnaires were developed and enterprise surveys carried out in about 20 enterprises in each country, in selected sectors, to test the approach and examine a first set of results. The survey tools were then modified for further piloting and will be available in the Manuals. Training seminars (February & March 2002) were organised to train a larger group of staff from employment services to use the approach. Following the training, the new survey tools will be re-piloted on a broader geographical and sectoral basis through a small number of enterprise surveys undertaken by each trainee in his/her own districts/regions. The outcomes and conclusions will be available in the Manual.

Programme and funder:

The project is funded by the TACIS programme through the European Training Foundation and co-funded by EIESP and Newidiem.

Expected outcomes, reports/documents:

  • tested and piloted survey tools;
  • pilot survey results on new and changing occupations in the sectors selected
  • staff trained in collecting and analysing labour market information on changing needs 
  • publication of a Manual for users which will be available by summer 2002 in Russian, Uzbek and Kyrgyz and later in English
  • Research analysis reports on the survey results will also be available in the above languages

For more information, please contact Jean Gordon at