Getting Skills Right: Future-Ready Adult Learning Systems

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With digitalisation, deepening globalisation and population ageing, the world of work is changing. The extent to which individuals, firms and economies can harness the benefits of these changes critically depends on the readiness of adult learning systems to help people develop relevant skills for this changing world of work. This report presents the key results from the Priorities for Adult Learning (PAL) Dashboard which facilitates comparisons between countries along seven dimensions of the readiness of adult learning systems to address future skill challenges. Based on the dashboard, the report highlights in which areas action is needed, and policy examples from OECD and emerging countries throughout the report illustrate how these actions could be implemented.



Impact of adult learning

For job-related adult education and training to have a positive impact on labour market outcomes for individuals, firms and societies, it is imperative that the training provided is of high quality and relates closely to skills needed by employers. It is also necessary that good information on the quality and outcomes of training programmes and providers is available to help people make informed decision on investment in adult learning. In addition, an enabling environment at the workplace is essential to put acquired skills to good use. This chapter provides evidence on the perceived impact of participation in adult education and training, and looks at how evaluation and quality assurance is regulated and how information on training quality is shared with the wider public. It also provides examples of how firms can foster the best use of their employees’ skills.


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