Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Lives

Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Lives

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OECD
Publication Date :
21 May 2012
Pages :
120
ISBN :
9789264177338 (PDF) ; 9789264177291 (print)
DOI :
10.1787/9789264177338-en

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Recognising both the complexity of skills policies and the potential for peer learning, the OECD has developed a global Skills Strategy that helps countries to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their national skills systems, benchmark them internationally, and develop policies that can transform better skills into better jobs, economic growth and social inclusion. This book presents a strategy that will help countries reach the goal of having and making the best use of a high-quality pool of skills. The OECD Skills Strategy shifts the focus from traditional measures of skills, such as years of initial education and training or qualifications attained, to a much broader perspective that includes the skills people can acquire, use and maintain–and also lose–over a whole lifetime. Without sufficient investment in skills, people languish on the margins of society, technological progress does not translate into economic growth, and countries can no longer compete in an increasingly knowledge-based global society. In addition, the book points out that for skills to retain their value, they must be continuously maintained and upgraded throughout life so that people can collaborate, compete and connect in ways that drive economies and societies forward.

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    Foreword
    Skills have become the global currency of the 21st century. Without proper investment in skills, people languish on the margins of society, technological progress does not translate into economic growth, and countries can no longer compete in an increasingly knowledge-based global society. But this "currency" depreciates as the requirements of labour markets evolve and individuals lose the skills they do not use. Skills do not automatically convert into jobs and growth.
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    Introduction
    Skills transform lives and drive economies
    The OECD Skills Strategy outlines a systematic and comprehensive approach to skills policies
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    Developing Relevant Skills
    Key policy lessons on developing relevant skills
    How can countries improve the quality and quantity of relevant skills?
    Countries can encourage and enable people to learn throughout their lives
    Countries can enable skilled people to enter their territory
    Countries can establish effective cross-border skills policies
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    Activating Skills Supply
    Key policy lessons on activating skills
    How can countries encourage people to supply their skills to the labour market?
    Countries can encourage inactive people to participate in the labour market
    Countries can retain skilled people
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    Putting Skills to Effective Use
    Key policy lessons on putting skills to effective use
    How can countries make the best use of their talent pool?
    Countries can help individuals to make the best use of their skills
    Countries can increase the demand for (high-level) skills
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    The Way Forward
    Enhancing the evidence base to help design effective skills policies
    Supporting the development and implementation of national skills strategies
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