Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)

Boosting local jobs

Since 1982, the OECD Programme on Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) offers best practice on how to create more and better quality jobs through effective policy implementation and local initiatives. 

Better targeted policies locally can boost economic growth and resilience. Empowering local employers and investing in a skilled workforce which is less expendable and more adaptable to change can contribute to productivity growth and the creation of new jobs. 

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Employment & Skills

How can national and local policies be better aligned and tailored to specific local opportunities and challenges? 



How can entrepreneurship help create new jobs, counter job losses and offer people interesting career opportunities?


Social Economy

How can cooperatives, associations and foundations reduce inequalities while creating economic value?


Culture & Jobs

How can culture and creative industries bridge people and provide disadvantaged individuals employment opportunities?


Capacity building

The Trento Centre, the LEED Forum and ESSSA offer practical guidance for practioners on policy implementation.


Latest reports

Employment and Skills Strategies in Turkey

21 October 2017 - This report includes practical policy examples of actions taken in Turkey to help workers find better quality jobs, while also boosting productivity and inclusion.


Employment and Skills Strategies in Slovenia

4 September 2017 - This report includes practical policy examples of actions taken in Slovenia to help workers find better quality jobs, while also stimulating productivity and inclusion.


Better Use of Skills in the Workplace

2 November 2017 - This joint OECD-ILO report provides a comparative analysis of case studies focusing on improving skills use in the workplace across eight countries. The examples provide practical ways for employers to act at the local level.


Engaging Employers in Apprenticeship opportunities

16 June 2017 - This joint OECD-ILO publication provides guidance on how local and regional governments can foster business-education partnerships in apprenticeship programmes. 


Boosting Social Enterprise Development

21 April 2017 - This compendium derives policy lessons for boosting social enterprises from the analysis of 20 initiatives in several EU member-countries, covering a range of policy areas from legal frameworks and finance to skills.


Policy Brief on Scaling the Impact of Social Enterprises

2016 - This policy brief compares the scaling patterns of social enterprises and conventional enterprises and provides concrete examples of strategies.



 2 November 2017 London, UK

Conference on engaging employers in building better quality jobs and creating a more responsive skills system

This conference organised jointly by the OECD, Warwick University, the Work Foundation, and the Centre for Cities will bring together stakeholders from national government departments, cities, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) as well as business, NGOs and research institutions to discuss the key challenges facing the United Kingdom in building more and better quality jobs.

 28-29 November 2017 Venice, Italy

Seminar on Designing strong local strategies for better jobs and skills

Organised as part of the programme of activities of the OECD LEED Trento Centre and Venice office and LEED Forum, the capacity building seminar on Designing Strong Local Strategies for Better Jobs and Skills will offer an opportunity to learn from the latest OECD research on the key elements of successful local skills and employment strategies. 


BEING A LEED PARTNER will allow you to

  • Access and contribute to cutting edge policy research and analysis
  • Steer the work of the LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Development
  • Call on OECD expertise for your events
  • Upgrade your skills through capacity building seminars
  • Benefit from extensive on-line & on-site exposure
  • Network and connect with high-level experts
  • Access the OECD iLibrary for free and receive free copies of new publications

Join the Programme


The annual membership fee is fixed on an individual basis. Fees vary from 7 500€ to 10 500€ for Partners and form 20 000 € to 50 000 € for Strategic Partners.



To discuss partnership opportunities please contact roberto.chizzali@oecd.org

Learn more and browse the full list of LEED partners

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To receive the LEED Flash newsletter (latest publications, reports and events):

  • Register to MyOECD, or login to MyOECD if you already have an account (registration is free)

  • Select "Edit profile" and make sure the “Industry and Entrepreneurship” centre of interest is selected

  • Under "Newsletters", select "The LEED Flash"

  • to validate, click on "submit"


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To discuss partnership opportunities, please contact roberto.chizzali@oecd.org.



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General information

For general information about the LEED programme, please contact sylvain.giguere@oecd.org.