Skills anticipation in Bulgaria Skills anticipation in Bulgaria

Skills anticipation is in its infancy in Bulgaria. Key developments between 2009 and 2013 have been co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) including perhaps the most important one- the creation of the National Network for Competence Assessment(NNCA). In 2013, Bulgaria adopted a formal ‘mechanism for including the results of forecasts of supply and demand of labour in developing and implementing government policies.’ This clarified the roles of the institutions involved in the process of skills anticipation. Annual reports are submitted by the main government institutions on the effects of the forecasts on policy formulation and design. These reports then feed into an annual synthesis published by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy(MLSP).

Labour market intelligence is used by public and private stakeholders at a national, regional and local level in the areas of training, vocational education and training (VET), and further education.

Looking forward, the strategy documents for the period 2014-2020, such as the national VET strategy and higher education strategy, establish as a priority inter-institutional cooperation between the education sector and businesses to support skills matching. In this regard, the NNCA’s approach to stakeholder involvement is regarded as an effective model and offers potential for further development at sectoral and regional levels.


Please cite this document as: Skills Panorama (2017), Skills anticipation in Bulgaria. Analytical highlights series. Available at

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