Episodes of work-based learning (WBL) are essential to effective school-based vocational education, making provision more attractive and relevant to learners and employers. The recent OECD VET review of Sweden describes a clear model for integrating WBL within upper-secondary VET and highlights key issues in ensuring its consistent high quality. … More Work-based learning within school-based VET: Lessons from Sweden
South Africa has a large pool of unemployed adults with low levels of educational attainment. At the same time, training opportunities for adult are very limited. The new OECD report Getting Skills Right: Community Education and Training in South Africa looks at the role that the newly created community education and training system could play in improving access to inclusive adult learning opportunities. … More Creating inclusive adult learning opportunities in South Africa
To cope with the increased skill demands of a knowledge-based economy and longer working lives, many adults in Italy will need training that helps them maintain and further develop their skills. Italy’s Training Funds represent an important tool for equipping adults with the skills needed to thrive in the labour market. However, they face several challenges and more could be done to ensure that they are put to their most effective use. … More Adult Learning in Italy: what role for training funds?
The world of work is changing. Digitalisation, globalisation and population ageing are having a profound impact on the type and quality of jobs that are available, as well as on the kinds of skills needed to do them. The extent to which individuals, firms and economies can benefit from these changes depends critically on how ready adult learning systems are to help people develop and update their skills for the new world of work. … More Are Adult Learning Systems Future-Ready?
By Annelore Verhagen On 22 October, the OECD released the 2018 edition of its Skills for Jobs Database at a launch event in Paris. The updates and new results of the database were presented during an interactive session with employers, trade unions, government representatives, NGO’s, researchers and other stakeholders. At the event, Hervé Guignot (Lead Data Scientist … More The OECD Skills for Jobs Database 2018
New technologies, globalisation and population ageing are affecting the type and quality of jobs that are available, and the skills required to do them. In many countries the number of manufacturing jobs, for example, is decreasing. New jobs requiring new combinations of skills, such as data scientists or social media managers, are emerging in their … More EU-OECD Forum – Making Adult Learning Work for the Future
By Katharine Mullock While economic growth has picked up in Spain since 2014, the country is still struggling to recover from the Global Financial Crisis with unemployment still high at 17.2% (well above the OECD average of 5.8%). A key message from a new OECD report on Spain is that a better alignment between the … More Getting Skills Right in Spain
By Alessia Forti As argued in the OECD report Building Inclusive Labour Markets in Kazakhstan (OECD, 2017), investing in skills and human capital is crucial to tackle Kazakhstan’s strong dependence on natural resources and embark on a path of economic diversification. This report highlights how equipping the workforce with the right types of skills will … More Upskilling Kazakhstan’s workforce
By Priscilla Fialho Several trends, such as technological change, population ageing and globalisation, are simultaneously affecting the demand and supply of different types of skills. This can generate skill shortages, particularly in countries where supply is not sufficiently responsive to changes in skill demand. Despite the costs that these skill shortages can entail for employers … More What skills are in high demand? Evidence from the OECD Skills for Jobs database
By Fabio Manca Italy has only just started to recover from the Global Financial Crisis with moderate improvements in both economic growth and labour market performance. While the crisis put an extraordinary stress on Italy’s productive system and its labour market, some of the causes behind the current economic weakness are deeply rooted in the … More Getting Skills Right in Italy