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Material: Capacity building seminar - Designing and delivering skills strategies for cities

 

Material from the Capacity Building Seminar for Partnerships on
"Designing and Delivering Skills Strategies for Cities",
Trento, Italy, 11-13 June 2008

 

OECD LEED Trento
Centre for Local Development

 

Short VIDEOS (5 minutes maximum) summarise the key concepts of the issues addressed in the seminar. You can also listen to the contributors’ SPEECHES (25 minutes maximum) or download their PRESENTATIONS on the following themes:

 

 -  Skills and Competitiveness

 Video (2)

 Audio (1)

 PPT (1)

 -  Measuring Skills Needs

 Video (3)

 Audio (2)

 PPT (3)

 -  Building an Integrated Skills Strategy

 Video (3)

 Audio (5)

 PPT (5)

 -  Impact Assessment

 Video (1)

 Audio (1)

 PPT (1)

 

Skills and Competitiveness

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More Than Just Jobs: Workforce Development in a Skills-Based Economy

 

 

By Sylvain Giguère, Deputy Head, OECD LEED Programme and Manager of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance

Topic: In today’s economy, the demand for labour and skills changes rapidly. How can localities best invest in education and training to improve living standards and raise the quality of local employment? What is the new role of workforce development organisations in a knowledge based economy?

 

More Than Just Jobs: Workforce Development in a Skills-Based Economy is also an OECD LEED Publication. Read more about it here.

 

  Watch it!

Why Design a Local Skill Strategy?

 

By Francesca Froy, Policy Analyst, OECD LEED Programme

Topic: What are the key issues to take into consideration when designing a local skills strategy? How can localities balance the attraction of new talent, the integration of disadvantaged groups into the labour force and the up-skilling of those already in employment?

Audio (.mp3 file)     Power Point slides (.pdf file)

 

 

Measuring Skills Needs

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Measuring Skills Needs: an Introduction

 

By Cristina Martinez Fernandez, Associate Professor, Urban Research Centre, University of Western Sydney, Australia

Topic: When measuring skill needs in a region there are three factors to be considered: (i) trends within industrial sectors; (ii) the local knowledge base; and (iii) the types of occupational level present within the workforce. The degree of interaction among the different actors in a region is also crucial to maintaining a strong knowledge system.

Audio (.mp3 file)     Power Point slides (.pdf file)

 

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Measuring Skills Needs in a Knowledge Economy: Key Tools and Methods

 

By Mark Hepworth, Chief Executive of Geoeconomics, UK

Topic: Skills strategies need to be contextualised in the reality of the knowledge economy. In order to re-invent skills strategies that are ‘fit for purpose’ there is a need to combine (i) a micro-economic approach, (ii) a stakeholder approach, and (iii) a longitudinal approach.

Audio (.mp3 file)     Power Point slides (.pdf file)

 

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EU New Jobs and Skills Strategy

 

By Robert Strauss, Head of Unit, Employment Strategy, CSR & Local Development, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Equal Opportunities, European Commission

Topic: The recently launched European initiative "New Skills for New Jobs" will support the better identification of labour market trends, skills shortages and new drivers at sectoral, national and European levels. How will these new skills needs be met? Labour market reform and the promotion of labour mobility will certainly play a role.

                                    Power Point slides (.pdf file)

 

 

Building an Integrated Skills Strategy

 

Building an Effective Strategy: the Shanghai Talent Strategy

 

By Francesca Froy, Policy Analyst, OECD LEED Programme

Topic: To support restructuring in the local economy, the Shanghai Municipal Government has developed a strong skills strategy to build a ‘highland of talent’, re-attracting skilled Chinese émigrés back into the city, and bringing together piece-meal training provision into a new municipal system which up-skills both the unemployed and the current workforce.

Audio (.mp3 file)     Power Point slides (.pdf file)

 

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Case Study: South and East Lincolnshire

 

By Anne Green, Principal Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Research University of Warwick, UK

Topic: An interesting case study from a region in the United Kingdom which is trying to overcome a situation of ‘low skill equilibrium’:  where low demand for skills by employers is matched by a low skilled workforce, with young graduates leaving the area to find better quality employment elsewhere.  How can such issues be tackled?

Audio (.mp3 file)     Power Point slides (.pdf file)

 

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Case Study: Michigan’s Regional Skill Alliances

 

By Randall Eberts, Executive Director, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, U.S.A.

Topic: What happens when a state government encourages a more bottom up approach to addressing skills issues? Michigan in the United States has funded 13 skills alliances to tackle a current disconnect between regional employment and skills provision. The alliances have each chosen their own priority sector (health, construction, manufacturing etc). 

Audio (.mp3 file)     Power Point slides (.pdf file)

 

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Case Study: Skills Strategy in Barcelona - Porta 22 Project

 

By Lorenzo di Pietro, Director, Porta 22, Barcelona Activa, Spain

Topic: The Local Development Agency of Barcelona and its project Porta22 models the skills required by changing job specifications in the city.  Specialised labour market analysis is undertaken to increase the transparency of the labour market and better match local people to local jobs.

Audio (.mp3 file)     Power Point slides (.pdf file)

 

 

Case Study: West Midlands

 

By Anne Green, Principal Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Research University of Warwick, UK

Topic: The West Midlands has demonstrated a particularly ‘information led’ and ‘evidence based’ approach to building their local skills strategy. At the same time, partnership working has been at the heart of strategy design.  How is the strategy building regional prosperity while also tackling local pockets of deprivation?

Audio (.mp3 file)      Power Point slides (.pdf file)

 

 

Impact Assessment

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Key Issues in Assessing Strategy Impact

By Randall Eberts, Executive Director, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, U.S.A.

Topic: How can we best evaluate the success of a local skills strategy? Do you know the difference between a programme outcome and a programme output? This presentation will help you find out more.  It also emphasises the three questions that need to be addressed when planning an evaluation:  (i) what do we want to know? (ii) why do we want to know? (iii) who wants to know?

Audio (.mp3 file)     Power Point slides (.pdf file)

 

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