Quantitative anticipation of educational needs has a long tradition in Finland, dating back to the 1960s. Today also qualitative anticipation is considered essential for developing curricula and content of education. Finnish National Agency for Education has been responsible for developing models for both quantitative and qualitative anticipation.

The national education authorities cooperate with the enterprises as well as employee and employer organisations to monitor and anticipate the developments in skills needs in the labour market. Key actors in this work are the National Education and Training Committees, tripartite bodies established for each occupational field.