OECD skills and work blog

The OECD skills and work blog is a platform that aims to share leading analysis related to the skills of the workforce, how skills are used at work, the mismatch between skills and jobs’ requirements, how countries assess and respond to changing skill needs and other issues related to skills and work.

Contributors include mainly experts in skills and labour markets in the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Recent posts:

  • Recognition of prior learning (RPL): a strategic component of national upskilling policies 22. April 2022 13:37
    By Michele Tuccio According to a new OECD Working Paper, the recognition of prior learning (RPL) should be a key building block of national skills policies. For the society, it works as an enabler of upskilling strategies. For individuals, it improves motivation to engage in further learning by recognising the value of past experience. Despite … More Recognition of prior learning (RPL): a strategic component of national upskilling policies
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  • Inclusive career guidance for a changing labour market in Canada 28. February 2022 7:08
    Canada is performing well relative to other OECD countries with respect to the quality of career guidance, but there is room to make the provision of services more inclusive and consistent. In a context of considerable labour market change, particularly for low-skilled adults, effective career guidance for adults can facilitate their employment transitions by enabling them to make informed choices about upskilling, retraining and professional reorientation. The new OECD study “Career guidance for adults in Canada” assesses the existing system of career guidance policy and provision, and puts it into an international perspective. … More Inclusive career guidance for a changing labour market in Canada
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  • Creating opportunities: Career guidance for low-qualified workers in Germany 24. February 2022 9:02
    The COVID-19 pandemic and pre-existing structural trends put pressure on the low-qualified workforce, particularly those in jobs at high risk of automation, to reskill and upskill. Career guidance stands to play a crucial role in supporting adults in navigating these ongoing changes. This is especially important in Germany, given the complexity of the continuing education and training landscape. A new OECD report on Career Guidance for Low-Qualified Workers assesses the effectiveness of Germany’s career guidance system, presents two examples of career guidance networks at federal state level and recommends ways to improve the visibility and access for this target group. … More Creating opportunities: Career guidance for low-qualified workers in Germany
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  • Invitation to participate in OECD virtual conference “International Conference on AI in Work, Innovation, Productivity and Skills” – February 21 to February 25, 2022 14. February 2022 15:08
    Artificial intelligence is transforming the way we think, learn, work, and behave every day. Advances in computing power and access to data continue to enhance the capacity of AI technologies, drive innovation in products, services, and supply chains to generate productivity gains, and lower costs. AI is also playing a role in the fight against COVID-19, from scientific discovery and diagnostics, to tracking the impact of the pandemic on societies, and supporting remote learning and working. … More Invitation to participate in OECD virtual conference “International Conference on AI in Work, Innovation, Productivity and Skills” – February 21 to February 25, 2022
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  • Invitation to participate in OECD virtual conference “Innovative Approaches to Future-Ready Adult Learning Systems” – January 31 and February 1, 2022 20. January 2022 9:53
    It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in our forthcoming virtual conference “Innovative Approaches to Future-Ready Adult Learning Systems”, taking place on January 31 and February 1, 2022. The conference will bring together experts and practitioners to discuss challenges and good practices in adult learning, with a focus on innovative approaches specific to European countries and the United States. The virtual sessions include presentations from the OECD, expert panels, and discussion tables on a range of topics, such as industry-led talent development, coaching adults to train, and reaching out to vulnerable adults. … More Invitation to participate in OECD virtual conference “Innovative Approaches to Future-Ready Adult Learning Systems” – January 31 and February 1, 2022
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  • The opportunities and drawbacks of using AI for training 13. December 2021 8:54
    A new OECD publication shows that using Artificial Intelligence (AI) for training has the potential to improve the targeting of and access to adult learning systems. In order to ensure that AI yields benefits for all, it will be necessary to address potential drawbacks in terms of more demanding skills requirements, greater inequalities in access to data, technology and infrastructure, and important ethical issues. … More The opportunities and drawbacks of using AI for training
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  • Training at the time of COVID: a first look at the evidence 15. October 2021 10:38
    The pandemic has induced a dramatic change in work practices. How have these changes affected training provision by firms? This blogpost provides some preliminary evidence, by drawing on recently published data and a forthcoming OECD report … More Training at the time of COVID: a first look at the evidence
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  • Canada’s approach to securing the right skills for the future of work through social dialogue 6. September 2021 15:23
    In a changing labour market, workers will come under increased pressure to adapt to the skills needs of the future. A new Global Deal good practice case study illustrates Canada’s approach to securing the right skills for the future of work and demonstrates that social dialogue contributes to building a dynamic, agile workforce that anticipates and responds to labour market needs. … More Canada’s approach to securing the right skills for the future of work through social dialogue
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  • Investing in Career Guidance: helping youth out of the pandemic 15. July 2021 13:28
    Effective career guidance helps young people to realise their potential and prevent unemployment. It also stands to play a crucial role in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in many countries, young people are not receiving the support they need to plan their futures. Therefore, to mark World Youth Skills Day, the OECD, European Commission, Cedefop, European Training Foundation, International Labor Organisation and UNESCO are issuing a joint leaflet to highlight the importance of Investing in Career Guidance. … More Investing in Career Guidance: helping youth out of the pandemic
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  • How can countries help develop adult skills after COVID-19? 12. July 2021 9:11
    The pandemic led to major disruptions to labour markets and societies. The 2021 OECD Skills Outlook: Learning for Life stresses the key role of lifelong learning in a fast-changing society. It provides new insights into promoting access and participation in adult learning, especially for disadvantaged populations. In order to plant the seeds for positive lifelong learning attitudes, countries must empower individuals and provide innovative and diversified learning opportunities. … More How can countries help develop adult skills after COVID-19?
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