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OECD Skills Strategy Latvia

Assessment and Recommendations

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

OECD Skills Strategy projects provide a strategic and comprehensive approach to assess countries’ skills challenges and opportunities, and 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 i) develop relevant skills over the life course, ii) use skills effectively in work and in society, and iii) strengthen the governance of the skills system.

This report OECD Skills Strategy Latvia: Assessment and Recommendations identifies opportunities and makes recommendations to strengthen the skills outcomes of students, foster a culture of lifelong learning, reduce skills imbalances in the labour market, and strengthen the governance of the skills system.

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Executive summary

This National Skills Strategy (NSS) project analyses the performance of Latvia’s skills system and provides tailored recommendations for improving. This analysis and advice will support the development of Latvia’s National Medium-term Strategy for Education and Skills for 2021-2027. The project was launched at the Skills Strategy Seminar in Riga in September 2018 with the Latvian Minister and State Secretary of Education and Science and representatives from the Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Welfare, Ministry of Economics, Cross-Sectoral Co-ordination Centre, employer associations, trade unions and the European Commission. Two workshops were held in February and May 2019 that convened a wide range of stakeholders, including unions, employers, sectoral training providers, education institutions, academics and government representatives. Eight focus groups and bilateral meetings with stakeholders and experts also took place. This process provided input and shaped the recommendations featured in this current report.

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