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:

  • Creating responsive adult learning opportunities in Japan 22. February 2021 7:07
    By Michele Tuccio and Nozomi Ohno A new OECD report “Creating Responsive Adult Learning Opportunities in Japan” assesses the future-readiness of the Japanese adult learning system. Despite a high proficiency overall by adults in foundation skills, the Japanese adult learning system suffers from a number of shortcomings, including an over-reliance on employers for training provision, … More Creating responsive adult learning opportunities in Japan
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  • OECD International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Work, Innovation, Productivity and Skills 1. February 2021 11:33
    Today we kick-off the week-long conference OECD International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Work, Innovation, Productivity and Skills (AI-WIPS), bringing together technical and policy experts to discuss the fast-evolving changes in AI capabilities and uptake, and to assess their implications for labour markets and societies.  The conference includes a session on how technologies and tools … More OECD International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Work, Innovation, Productivity and Skills
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  • Career Guidance for Adults in a Changing World of Work 26. January 2021 9:00
    By Katharine Mullock Millions of adults have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some sectors, like tourism and hospitality, have been especially hard hit. Former hotel, airline and restaurant workers are now wondering how to retrain and for which jobs; and they have to answer these questions in a context of extreme uncertainty. How … More Career Guidance for Adults in a Changing World of Work
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  • Launch Webinar: How can career guidance help adults in a changing world of work? 19. January 2021 15:05
    In the time of COVID-19, quality career guidance for adults matters more than ever. Join us on 26 January for a live launch and discussion of new findings with a panel of experts. … More Launch Webinar: How can career guidance help adults in a changing world of work?
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  • Back to basics – Investing in basic skills in times of transition 18. December 2020 10:05
    By Shinyoung Jeon In the face of demographic change, automation, digitalisation and the COVID-19 pandemic, economies need to invest in the resilience and adaptability of their workforce. Investments in basic skills are particularly important in this regards. Strong basic information processing skills – including literacy, numeracy and digital skills – provide the foundations for workers … More Back to basics – Investing in basic skills in times of transition
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  • The role of the social partners in fostering responsive and resilient skills systems 9. December 2020 9:00
    By Glenda Quintini Trends in technology, demography and globalisation affect the way work is organised and carried out, spurring rapid changes in the skills required at work. These changes underscore the importance of adult learning to help individuals maintain and upgrade their skills throughout their working lives. The recently published 2020 Global deal1 flagship report, … More The role of the social partners in fostering responsive and resilient skills systems
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  • How are young VET graduates faring in the digital transformation? 9. November 2020 9:00
    Today is the kick-off for the fifth edition of European Vocational Skills Week : an annual event where local, regional or national organisations showcase the very best of vocational education and training (VET). This year’s theme is VET for Green and Digital Transitions. … More How are young VET graduates faring in the digital transformation?
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  • What is an apprenticeship? 14. September 2020 11:22
    Country comparisons are built on good data, and good data are built on clear definitions. A new OECD working paper argues that a precise definition of what constitutes an “apprenticeship” is needed to collect internationally comparable data that can facilitate cross-country comparisons and, by extension, support evidence-based policy making. … More What is an apprenticeship?
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  • World Youth Skills Day – How VET provides young people with valuable skills 15. July 2020 4:00
    By Glenda Quintini and Marieke Vandeweyer Vocational Education and Training can be a useful pathway into jobs for young people. Young people who graduate from upper-secondary VET experience smoother school-to-work transitions than those who leave school with general degrees at the same education level. International good practices provide directions on how to prolong the benefits … More World Youth Skills Day – How VET provides young people with valuable skills
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  • More and better training in Korean SMEs 16. June 2020 14:12
    by Alessia Forti Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the Korean economy, representing 99.9% of firms and providing 80% of business sector jobs. Yet, they lag behind large companies when it comes to productivity and working conditions. Adult learning can reduce these gaps, by helping SMEs to increase their productivity and ensuring … More More and better training in Korean SMEs
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