Videoconference 22/8: Labour market and training observatories: experiences of Chile and Colombia

Yesterday, Tuesday 22 August, experts from SENCE in Chile and SENA in Colombia presented their experiences with labour market and training observatories. The event, entitled "Labour market and training observatories: Chile and Colombia", shed light on the importance of these observatories in tracking labour market trends and shaping training programmes.

The event was attended by Camila Barraza, coordinator of the Occupational Observatory of the National Training and Employment Service (SENCE) of Chile; and Hernán Mauricio Rodríguez, coordinator of the Occupational and Labour Observatory of Colombia managed by the National Apprenticeship Service (SENA).

The importance of labour observatories in both countries became evident during the discussion. These observatories are vital tools for collecting real-time data on labour market dynamics and training needs. Their growth over the years reflects a regional trend towards improving labour market observation mechanisms.

A highlight was the discussion on how these observatories categorise and analyse sectors. The conclusions derived from the data collected empower policy makers, training programmes and other actors to make informed decisions, bridging the gap between training and labour demands.

While acknowledging challenges, such as generating qualitative data and ensuring stakeholder participation, both experts emphasised the importance of these observatories in policy formulation, in improving gender balance in employment and certification, and in addressing the constantly evolving demands of the labour market.

The event was well attended, with around 100 attendees at its peak, indicating the growing interest in labour market observatories as a crucial tool for navigating the changing world of work.

In summary, the videoconference provided a comprehensive overview of labour market and training observatories in Chile and Colombia. It highlighted their importance in tracking labour market trends, shaping training programmes and addressing challenges in a rapidly changing labour landscape. The discussion underlined the need for continued collaboration and data sharing between observatories to create a more resilient and informed workforce.