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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.

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More and better adult learning for a changing world of work

The world of work is changing and the ability of individuals, firms and economies to reap the benefits of these changes will depend critically on the ability of individuals to maintain and acquire new skills throughout their working lives. Adult learning systems have a key role to play in supporting individuals in this process. While all countries will have to step up their efforts to improve the future-readiness of their systems, some countries are facing a greater urgency than others. Low adult skill levels, as well as demographic and structural changes are increasing the pressure on adult learning systems to get ready for the future. This chapter looks at the driving forces behind the urgency for each country to take action.

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