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Getting Skills Right: Sweden

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The costs of a persistent misalignment between the supply and demand for skills are substantial, ranging from lost wages for workers to lower productivity for firms and countries. Addressing skills imbalances has become even more of a concern as OECD governments reflect on the implications of technological progress, digitisation, demographic change and globalisation for jobs and work organisation. In light of these challenges, OECD has undertaken new research to shed light on how countries measure changing skill needs while ensuring that employment, training and migration institutions are responsive to the emergence of new skill requirements. The Getting Skills Right in Sweden review offers an in-depth analysis of the key areas where policy action is required to spur the development of an efficient system for skills assessment and anticipation to inform policy in the country. The report provides an assessment of practices in the following areas: i) the collection of information on existing and future skill needs; ii) the use of skill needs information to guide policy development in the areas of labour, education and migration; and iii) the existence of effective governance arrangements to ensure good co-ordination among the key stakeholders in the collection and use of skill needs information.

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Challenges of co-ordination among actors in the Swedish skills assessment and anticipation system

This chapter presents an overview of the activities of the main stakeholders involved in assessing and anticipating skill needs in Sweden at the national, regional and local level. It maps their co-operation ties within and across each administrative level, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses in the use of SAA information to develop of a policy response to skills imbalances. Examples of best practices that allowed to overcome some of the existing vertical barriers to finding a solution to shortages and mismatches are also provided.

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