OECD Skills Strategy Bulgaria

Assessment and Recommendations

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Skills are the key to shaping a better future and central to the capacity of countries and people to thrive in an increasingly interconnected and rapidly changing world. Megatrends such as digitalisation, globalisation, demographic change and climate change are reshaping work and society, generating a growing demand for higher levels and new sets of skills.

OECD Skills Strategy projects provide a strategic and comprehensive approach to assess countries’ skills challenges and opportunities and help them build more effective skills systems. The OECD works collaboratively with countries to develop policy responses that are tailored to each country’s specific skills needs. The foundation of this approach is the OECD Skills Strategy Framework, which allows for an exploration of what countries can do better to: 1) develop relevant skills over the life course; 2) use skills effectively in work and in society; and 3) strengthen the governance of the skills system.

This report, OECD Skills Strategy Bulgaria: Assessment and Recommendations, identifies opportunities and makes recommendations to improve youth skills, improve adult skills, use skills effectively in the labour market and at work, and improve the governance of the skills system in Bulgaria.


Executive summary

This OECD Skills Strategy (OSS) project provides Bulgaria with tailored findings and recommendations on its skills performance from an international perspective and supports Bulgaria’s ongoing strategic planning activities. The OSS project was launched via a virtual Skills Strategy Seminar in February 2022 with senior representatives from the Ministry of Education and Science (MES), the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (MLSP), the Ministry of Innovation and Growth (MIG), the Ministry of Economy and Industry (MEI), the Ministry of Finance, the Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association (BICA), the Bulgarian Industrial Association (BIA), the Union for Private Economic Enterprise, and the Education Bulgaria 2030 Association (non-governmental organisation).


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