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A series of working papers from the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme. The LEED Programme identifies, analyses and disseminates innovative ideas for local development, governance and the social economy. Governments work with the LEED Programme to generate innovative guidance on policies to support employment creation and economic development through locally based initiatives.
Skills for Competitiveness: Country Report for United Kingdom
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- Anne E. Green1
- Author Affiliations
- 1: University of Warwick, United Kingdom
- 17 May 2012
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To be successful in today’s knowledge economy, communities need to boost not only the skills of local people but also the utilisation and deployment of these skills by employers. By ensuring that skills are utilised effectively, local economies can become more competitive and host better quality and better paid jobs, while simultaneously improving living standards and stimulating innovation. The OECD LEED Skills for Competitiveness project has reviewed the tools and governance mechanisms which policy makers are putting in place to tackle this policy area in three LEED member countries, Canada, the United Kingdom and Italy, with information on a wider set of policies and measurement tools being collected through an international literature review. This country report for the United Kingdom sets out data findings on the supply and demand for skills at sub-regional level (OECD territorial level 3) before exploring local policy responses in Blackpool, Manchester and Rhyl. The report concludes with potential policy levers for further driving sectoral and local skills development in the future.