Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development

Designing Local Skills Strategies

 

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ISBN Number: 9789264066625
Publication Date: November 2009
Pages: 300
Number of tables: 54
Number of graphs: 37

 

Editors: Francesca FroySylvain Giguère, Andrea Hofer

Higher-level skills are increasingly demanded by the knowledge-based economy. But with rising mobility and demographic change, it is no longer so simple to invest in a skilled workforce for the future. Actions are needed on a variety of fronts, including attracting and retaining talent, better integrating disadvantaged groups into the labour force, and upgrading the skills of low-paid workers. Much of the responsibility for these actions falls squarely on the shoulders of local policy makers.
Drawing from a wide array of case studies, this book analyses best-practice local strategies for increasing workforce skills. And it also takes a close look at the opportunities and challenges presented by international migration. The in-depth case studies in this report range from Shanghai’s “Highland of Talent Strategy” to new “career ladders” which help immigrants escape low-skilled, low-paid employment in New York. National and local-level recommendations on local skills development are provided, for both OECD and non-OECD countries.


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Part 1:  International Overview
Chapter 1
  Local Strategies for Developing Workforce Skills
Chapter 2  Addressing the Loss of Skills to International Migration

Part 2:  Case Studies
Chapter 3  The Shanghai “Highland of Talent” Strategy
Chapter 4  Michigan Regional Skills Alliances: A Statewide Initiative to Address Local
Chapter 5  The Choctaw Tribe of Mississippi: Managing Skills for Workforce Transformation
Chapter 6  Addressing Skills Shortfalls in Mackay, Australia
Chapter 7  From Crane to Torso: Local Skill Strategies in the City Of Malmö
Chapter 8  New York City Career Pathways: Skills Strategies for Low-Paid Immigrants


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