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OECD Employment Outlook 2003

Towards More and Better Jobs

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This 2003 edition of the OECD Employment Outlook provides the annual assessment of labour market developments and prospects in the OECD area. This edition includes chapters on the labour mobilisation challenge, makng work pay, benefits and employment, and upgrading workers'skills.  A Statistical Annex is provided.

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Upgrading Workers' Skills and Competencies

Upgrading skills is an essential component of any comprehensive lifelong learning strategy; it is particularly important to improve the employment prospects of under-represented groups. Yet, in all OECD countries, these groups receive much less training than those who are already highly skilled or have a good job. What explains the relatively low training incidence among the less educated, older workers, women, immigrants, part-timers and temporary workers? How can training policies effectively reduce these inequalities and what is the role of co-financing arrangements in such a strategy?

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