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Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Economics

“Skills have become the global currency of the 21st century. Without proper investment in skills, people languish on the margins of society, technological progress does not translate into economic growth, and countries can no longer compete in an increasingly knowledge-based global society. The OECD Skills Strategy is designed to help countries build better skills policies and turn them into jobs, growth, and better lives.” – Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD

OECD skills strategyskills.oecd is an OECD web portal that presents all the most recent OECD reports, data and videos related to skills. Central to this site is the OECD Skills Strategy, the underlying data visualisations and country-specific data, findings and recommendations. There are totally 40 countries in snapshots. This will allow governments, researchers and other users to access the rich stock of data and analysis on skills, identify the strengths and weaknesses of their existing skills systems, and benchmark national skills policies internationally.

Skills transform lives and drive economies. Without the right skills, people are kept on the margins of society, and countries cannot compete in today’s economies. But the co-existence of unemployed graduates and employers who say that they cannot find the people with the skills they need shows that skills do not automatically translate into better economic and social outcomes.  The OECD has now put together a strategy that helps countries transform skills into better jobs and better lives.

For example, how can a country improve the quality and quantity of its skills?

Skills development is more effective if the world of learning and the world of work are linked. Compared to government-designed curricula taught exclusively in schools, learning in the workplace offers several advantages: it allows young people to develop “hard” skills on modern equipment, and “soft” skills, such as teamwork, communication and negotiation, through real-world experience. Hands-on workplace training can also help to motivate disengaged youth to stay in or re-engage with the education system and smooths the transition from education to work.

The OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) shows that significant numbers of 15-year olds in many countries do not acquire even a minimum level of skills through compulsory schooling. Governments can help to foster quality from early education through school and beyond. Teaching must be valued as a profession so that the best candidates are recruited and the most effective teachers retained.

OECD Skills Strategy – Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Lives: A Strategic Approach to Skills Policies (Published: 21 May 2012 ) is a multi-language document aiming to provide advices to all decision makers. It reveals a thorough consideration about education and continuous learning. You can explore other interesting facts and figures in the data visualisations on developing the relevant skills, activating the supply of them to the labour market and effectively using them.

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