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.



Crosswalk between the Nexus and the OECD Skills for Jobs databases

Section 4.1 aims to assess the extent to which TF-supported training develops the skills that are most in demand in the Italian labour market. To do that, the analysis compares the number of TF-supported training programmes that have been completed in each given skill (or thematic area) with the degree by which that skill is in shortage/surplus in the Italian labour market. The information used for these two indicators draws from two different data sources: information on the number of TF-supported training programmes draws from the Nexus database (see Section 5.4); while information on the skills shortage/surplus indicators draws from the OECD Skills for Jobs database (hereafter S4J database) (see Box 4.1). Because these two data sources apply two different skills taxonomies, the analysis presented in Section 4.1 builds upon a simple crosswalk exercise between the skills taxonomy used by the Nexus database and the one used by the OECD S4J database. The methodology used for the crosswalk, the reference year, and the limitations of the exercise, are described below. The results of the crosswalk are presented in .


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