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:

  • Is adult learning in Portugal future ready? 9. October 2019 8:30
    Structural changes such as population ageing, globalisation, technological change, and the rise in non-standard work, are changing skills needs in the Portuguese labour market. These trends are putting the Portuguese’s adult learning system under mounting strain, even more so than in other OECD countries. … More Is adult learning in Portugal future ready?
  • Australia: adapting to changing demand for skills 2. October 2019 9:51
    Two recent OECD reports shed light on Australia’s response to changing demand for skills. They outline how by continuing to make improvements in the way Australia assesses and responds to changing skills needs, the country can reinforce its commitment to supporting workers in transition and provide an example of good practice for other countries. … More Australia: adapting to changing demand for skills
  • Work-based learning within school-based VET: Lessons from Sweden 12. April 2019 14:25
    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
  • Creating inclusive adult learning opportunities in South Africa 14. March 2019 12:24
    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
  • Adult Learning in Italy: what role for training funds? 11. March 2019 13:01
    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?
  • Are Adult Learning Systems Future-Ready? 13. February 2019 13:39
    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?
  • The OECD Skills for Jobs Database 2018 22. October 2018 11:38
    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
  • EU-OECD Forum – Making Adult Learning Work for the Future 19. September 2018 15:39
    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
  • Getting Skills Right in Spain 26. April 2018 13:20
    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
  • Upskilling Kazakhstan’s workforce 18. April 2018 8:00
    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