The world of work is changing. Digitalisation, deepening globalisation and population ageing are having a profound impact on the type and quality of jobs that are available and the skills required to perform them. To what extent individuals, firms and economies can harness the benefits of these changes critically depends on the readiness of adult learning systems to help people develop relevant skills for this changing world of work.

To explore this issue, the OECD has undertaken an ambitious programme of work on the functioning, effectiveness and resilience of adult learning systems across countries. This includes the creation of the Priorities for Adult Learning (PAL) Dashboard for OECD countries, which facilitates between-country comparisons, and a series of in-depth country reviews to offer a comprehensive analysis of the key areas where policy action is required to spur the development of a future-ready adult learning system.

This report highlights the key challenges identified in the adult learning system in Brazil, and in particular, in the adult learning programme PRONATEC. It provides recommendations on how to address these challenges based on best practices internationally.

The work on this report was carried out by Priscilla Fialho, with research assistance from Diogo Amaro de Paula, from the Skills and Employability Division of the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, under the supervision of Glenda Quintini (Team Manager on Skills) and Mark Keese (Head of the Skills and Employability Division). The report has benefited from helpful comments provided by Jens Arnold and staff at the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.

This document, as well as any data and any map included herein, are without prejudice to the status of or sovereignty over any territory, to the delimitation of international frontiers and boundaries and to the name of any territory, city or area.

This report is published under the responsibility of the Secretary-General of the OECD, with the financial assistance of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. The views expressed in this report should not be taken to reflect the official position of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.

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