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OECD Skills Strategy Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)

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 globalisation, technological advances, and demographic 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 Northern Ireland (United Kingdom): Assessment and Recommendations”, identifies opportunities and makes recommendations to reduce skills imbalances, create a culture of lifelong learning, transform workplaces to make better use of skills, and strengthen the governance of skills policies in Northern Ireland.

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Transforming workplaces to make better use of skills in Northern Ireland

The effective use of skills in workplaces has potential benefits for employers, employees and society as it can help to raise productivity and innovation for businesses, and help to increase wages and job satisfaction for employees. Public policy makers can work with employers to help create the conditions or provide direct support for strengthening skills use in workplaces. This chapter explains the importance of transforming workplaces to make even better use of the skills of the workforce in Northern Ireland (United Kingdom) and provides an overview of current practices and performance. It then explores three opportunities to transform workplaces and improve skills utilisation: strengthening management and leadership capabilities; developing engaging and empowering workplaces; and strengthening support structures for businesses.

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