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An International Perspective: The Importance of Skills and Vocational Education

What we know about successful skills strategies and employer engagement?

Skills are a long-term investment for growth and productivity
Skills need to be relevant for growth and productivity
Employers need to be engaged in skills development

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An International Perspective: The Importance of Skills and Vocational Education

  1. 1. An international perspective: the importance of skills and vocational educationDeborah RoseveareHead, Skills beyond School DivisionOECD16 November 2012
  2. 2. What is the OECD and how does it work? How we work  Engage governments and also a wide What OECD is range of stakeholders  International organisation  Produce comparative data and  34 member countries (and EU) evidence  Established over 50 years ago  Compare policy experiences across  Mission: to promote better policies countries to draw together lessons and for better lives policy options for countries  link together policies across different sectors to achieve better outcomes labour markets statistics education taxation development health economics trade environment migration competition investment entrepreneurship agriculture governance corruption innovation social policy pensions insuranceskills.oecd genderBetter Skills, Better Jobs, Better Lives
  3. 3. Why do skills matter to countries?skills.oecdBetter Skills, Better Jobs, Better Lives 3
  4. 4. Why do skills matter to people?skills.oecdBetter Skills, Better Jobs, Better Lives 4
  5. 5. How can we improve skills and their use?skills.oecdBetter Skills, Better Jobs, Better Lives 5
  6. 6. OECD Skills Strategyskills.oecdBetter Skills, Better Jobs, Better Lives 6
  7. 7. How does a country maximise its skills?  Encouraging and enabling people to learn throughout life Developing relevant skills  Fostering international mobility of skilled people to fill skills gaps  Promoting cross-border skills policies  Encouraging people to offer their skills to the Activating skills supply labour market  Retaining skilled people in the labour market  Creating a better match between people’s skills Putting skills to effective use and the requirements of their job  Increasing the demand for high-level skillsskills.oecdBetter Skills, Better Jobs, Better Lives
  8. 8. Taking the OECD Skills Strategy forward Developing national and local skills strategies Enhancing Enhancing vocational the education evidence and base training Anticipating and responding flexibly to changing skill needsskills.oecdBetter Skills, Better Jobs, Better Lives
  9. 9. What we know about successful skills strategies and employer engagement?  Greater economic competitiveness – for Skills are a long-term countries, for sectors and for individual firms investment for growth  Higher quality jobs, more productive workforce and productivity  More sustainable economic and social outcomes  Relevant through time – immediate, evolving and longer term skill needs Skills need to be  Relevant mix of foundation skills, technical skills relevant for growth and and generic/life skills (teamwork, communication, productivity initiative, problem solving etc)  Employers know about what skills they need Employers need to be  Employers can transform their workplaces to engaged in skills make the most of skills development  Employers benefit from supporting investments up and down the supply chainskills.oecdBetter Skills, Better Jobs, Better Lives
  10. 10. What we know about how to enhance VET* through employer engagement?  Employers know labour market needs best  Employers need to be involved in: VET works best when  Designing curricula and qualifications responsive to labour  Monitoring emerging requirements market needs  Developing workplace training arrangements  Other stakeholders also need to be involved  Workplaces offer real on-the-job experience for learning hard and soft skills VET works best when  Workplace learning lets potential employers and combining workplace employees learn about each other and classroom learning  Employer willingness to offer workplace training signals that a VET programme is relevant  Workplace learning helps to keep student places aligned with likely future employment demandskills.oecdBetter Skills, Better Jobs, Better Lives * Vocational Education and Training
  11. 11. To learn more….. On skills, check out our online skills portal skills.oecd  up-to-date information on skills work at OECD  country-specific skills data and analysis  OECD Skills Strategy On vocational education and training For all OECD data, analysis and policy advice www.oecd.orgskills.oecdBetter Skills, Better Jobs, Better Lives