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.


Assessment and Recommendations

Technological change, population ageing and low levels of basic skills among adults, are putting serious pressure on the Italian adult learning system. In Italy, 15.2% of jobs have a high risk of automation, and a further 35.5% may experience significant changes to how they are performed as a result of the introduction of new technologies. Italy also has an old and ageing population. Today there are 3.5 older persons (65+) for every ten working age adults (15-64) – the highest rate in the OECD after Japan – and this ratio is expected to increase to 6.6 by 2050. Finally, around 38% of Italian adults have low levels of literacy and/or numeracy proficiency, well above the OECD average of 26.3%. To cope with technological change, longer working lives and the increased skill demands of a knowledge-based economy, many adults will need training to keep skills up to date. In this context, the availability of high-quality adult learning options is crucial to support workers through these ongoing and deep changes.


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