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:

  • Skills for Jobs database 2022: Key insights 21. September 2022 10:25
    Improving the match between the skills required by employers and those of workers is challenging. The OECD Skills for Jobs database is designed for policymakers, practitioners and the general public to understand where gaps are emerging between skill supply and demand. The third update out now covers 43 countries, leverages a new methodology for calculating the importance of skills in occupations based on online job vacancies, and includes information on more detailed digital skills. … More Skills for Jobs database 2022: Key insights
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  • Equipping young people with the skills to thrive: the OECD Youth Recommendation 15. July 2022 6:55
    Young people have bounced back strongly in the labour market despite the sizable impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. As of May 2022, the unemployment rate for 15-24 year-olds across OECD countries stood at 10.4%, a rate lower than before the onset of the pandemic (12.0% in January 2020). However, there remain significant gaps in our approaches to equipping young people with the right skills. Despite the rapid digitalisation of OECD economies, data from the OECD Survey of Adult Skills show that more than half (57%) of 25-35 year-olds across the OECD have a low (or no) proficiency in problem-solving in technology-rich environments. In addition, young people’s work aspirations are not always in line with changes in the labour market:  two in five 15 year-olds (39%) in the 2018 PISA survey expressed an interest in working in a job at high risk of automation over the next decade. … More Equipping young people with the skills to thrive: the OECD Youth Recommendation
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  • Strengthening career guidance for mid-career adults in Australia 20. June 2022 9:02
    Many mid-career adults could benefit from upskilling and reskilling, but do not participate in training as much as their younger peers. Career guidance can be a crucial tool in supporting this group navigating the ongoing changes in the labour market. A new OECD report assesses the existing system of career guidance for mid-career adults in Australia, and puts it into an international perspective. … More Strengthening career guidance for mid-career adults in Australia
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  • 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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