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Getting Skills Right: Brazil

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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. In Brazil, the speed of population ageing is projected to be significantly faster than what has been experienced by most developed economies. At the same time, increasing integration into the global economy will create new opportunities and propel growth. But it will also affect the content of exports and the stage at which Brazil contributes for Global Value Chains (GVCs). Profound changes in the economy are to be expected in the coming decades. As these changes have not yet fully materialised, Brazilian policy makers have a window of opportunity to prepare for the transformations ahead. This report aims at providing policy recommendations, based on best practices internationally, to prepare the Brazilian adult learning system so that it is ready to support people in acquiring the relevant skills for the future.

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Lessons from adult training programmes before PRONATEC

This chapter briefly reviews past government initiatives to promote adult training. It describes adult training programmes that predeceased PRONATEC (“Programa Nacional de Acesso ao Ensino Técnico e Emprego”), the Federal Government’s latest adult learning intervention. The chapter provides an historical context for the development of PRONATEC and highlights some of the issues related to the implementation of previous programmes.

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