EU-OECD Forum – Making Adult Learning Work for the Future

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

Upskilling Kazakhstan’s workforce

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

What skills are in high demand? Evidence from the OECD Skills for Jobs database

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

Getting skills right in the United Kingdom

By Katharine Mullock The United Kingdom has enjoyed record-high employment levels in recent years and one of the lowest unemployment rates among OECD countries.  However, labour productivity growth, which is closely linked to the use of skills, remains weak.  This has been translated into weak growth in wages. Job prospects of many adults are also … More Getting skills right in the United Kingdom

Getting skills right in South Africa

By Marieke Vandeweyer South Africa has suffered from persistently high unemployment and low labour force participation rates. The resulting under-use of skills is a waste of valuable productive resources and is likely to lead to skills depreciation and obsolescence. Not having the right skills in the first place is also hampering many South Africans from … More Getting skills right in South Africa

Good Practice in Adapting to Changing Skill Needs

By Katharine Mullock Skills mismatch and shortages are costly for individuals, employers and society in terms of reducing pay, lowering productivity and dampening growth. Therefore, tackling these skill imbalances should be a high priority for policy. But what can de done? A new OECD report (Getting Skills Right: Good Practice in Adapting to Changing Skill … More Good Practice in Adapting to Changing Skill Needs