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Issues covered during the study visit included exploring features unique to the Austrian system, such as the dual apprenticeship system and qualification guarantees. The structure and targets of the Territorial Employment Pact were discussed and project visits to relevant initiatives organised.
Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) requesting loans between 2007 and 2010 faced higher interest rates than for large companies. Loan conditions for SMEs included shortened maturities and increased demands for collateral, suggesting that banks considered smaller firms to be a higher risk.
On the occasion of the 41st Session of the Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship (WPSMEE), the OECD and the G20 are organising a special event on SME finance.
A high level delegation from the Chinese Development Research Center (DRC) and the China Development Bank (CDB) visited the OECD LEED Trento Centre on Friday 30th of March 2012.
This capacity building seminar was co-organised by the MENA-OECD Governance Programme, within the context of the MENA-OECD Initiative to Support the Palestinian Authority, and the OECD LEED Trento Centre for Local Development.
A few high-growth enterprises are responsible for the majority of local job creation
The transition from education to work is not easy for many young people, particularly when it comes to finding sustainable employment with progression opportunities. Recently established national policies to support youth will be only effective if implemented in a coordinated way at local level.
The CAS (Centre d’analyse stratégique) and the OCDE-LEED Programme (Local Economic and Employment Development) are convening a conference to promote social enterprises in France.
Human resources and skills are becoming increasingly important to economic development. In the context of the economic downturn, challenges such as high youth unemployment call for a collaborative and tailored approach.
The OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development (CFE) is an interdisciplinary centre working on policy fields that support SMEs growth, the Tourism industry, skills and employment and local development.