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Effective Adult Learning Policies

Challenges and Solutions for Latin American Countries

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In Latin America and the Caribbean, as across the globe, globalisation and rapid technological change, together with demographic developments are reshaping skill demands and supply in all countries. These trends are expected to continue in the coming years at an increasing pace. Technological progress, in particular, is profoundly transforming the world of work and, in turn, the skills demanded by employers. This poses challenges but it also creates opportunities for Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries in the near future. Effective Adult Learning Policies: Challenges and Solutions for Latin American Countries discusses how individuals and firms in Latin American countries can harness the benefits of those changes. The report explores the challenges for LAC adult learning systems in supplying labour market relevant skills, what are the barriers to an inclusive participation in adult learning and what solutions governments, firms and individuals should collectively put in place to ensure that adult learning is truly effective.

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Why is adult learning important in Latin America?

Globalisation and rapid technological change, together with demographic developments have considerably changed skill demands and supply in many OECD countries and partner countries and economies in the last decade. These trends are expected to continue in the coming years at an increasing pace. While in Latin America some of these structural megatrends are not yet fully realised – the pace of digitalisation, for instance, has been slower in the region than in the most advanced OECD economies - other structural factors such as demographic dynamics and informality are having an impact on skills imbalances. This chapter addresses these issues providing evidence on the main challenges facing Latin America and highlighting the importance of developing an adequately skilled workforce.

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