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Getting Skills Right: United Kingdom

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This report identifies effective strategies to tackle skills imbalances in the United Kingdom. It provides an assessment of practices and policies in the following areas: the collection and use of information on skill needs to foster a better alignment between skills acquisition and labour market needs; education and training policies targeting skills development and investment for individuals and employers; job creation policies to develop skills through on-the-job learning; and policies facilitating the entry of migrants with skills that are in demand. The assessment is based on country visits, desk research and data analysis conducted by the OECD secretariat.

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Challenges and recommendations for the United Kingdom

While the United Kingdom has a range of policy initiatives in place to tackle skills imbalances, some challenges remain. This chapter proposes further actions that could be taken by public and private stakeholders to improve skills matching. Best practice examples from other countries are provided to illustrate how policies can effectively address skills imbalances. These recommendations and examples can assist policy makers in designing or tweaking policies to reduce skills shortages, surpluses and mismatch.

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