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Adult Learning in Italy

What Role for Training Funds ?

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While Italy has made major progress in the past decade to up-skill its population and workers, further efforts are needed to improve access to good quality adult learning opportunities. Training funds represent one important tool through which Italy could face the pressures brought about by the mega-trends, and equip adults and workers with the skills needed to thrive in the labour market and society. This report analyses how training funds are designed, used, and monitored, and provides actionable policy recommendations to ensure that they are put to their most effective use.

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Aligning training to the skills needed in the labour market

In order for Training Funds to work effectively, not only do they need to reach many firms and workers and be inclusive, but they also need to provide training that is useful and aligned to labour market needs. Indeed, Training Funds have the potential to help firms update the skills of their employees, equip workers with the skills needed to adapt to the challenges arising from the mega-trends (technological change, ageing, globalisation), and meet the objectives of recent policy initiatives such as Industry 4.0. This Chapter analyses the mechanisms to ensure that Training Funds promote the development of skills most relevant for the labour market.

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