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skills.oecd presents the most recent OECD reports, data and videos related to skills. Central to this site is the OECD Skills Strategy, the underlying data visualisations and country-specific data, findings and recommendations.  
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The Survey of Adult Skills measures the key cognitive and workplace skills needed for individuals to participate in society and for economies to prosper. Results from this survey will be announced 8 October 2013.
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Specific occupational skills are needed - in professional, managerial and technical jobs, in expanding fields such as health care, as well as in traditional trades like electricians. Vocational education and training (VET) systems, which supply these skills, are now under scrutiny to determine if they can deliver the skills required, and ensure that they adapt to fast-changing needs.
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OECD Skills Outlook 2013: First Results from the Survey of Adult Skills

This first OECD Skills Outlook presents the initial results of the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), which evaluates the skills of adults in 24 countries. It is designed to provide insights into the availability of some of the key skills and how they are used at work and at home. A major component is the direct assessment of key information processing skills: literacy, numeracy and problem solving in the context of technology-rich environments.

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OECD Skills Outlook 2013

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Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education - Lessons from PISA for Korea | 14 March

The story of Korean education over the past 50 years is one of remarkable growth and achievement. Korea is one of the top performing countries in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey.

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Time for the U.S. to Reskill? What the Survey of Adult Skills Says | 12 November

This study identifies key lessons about the strategic objectives and directions which should form a frame for policy development in the US, including policy on adult learning and schooling.

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The ever growing generation gap in the classroom
Dirk Van Damme | 13 March 2014

What’s at the root of women’s absence in STEM occupations?
Marilyn Achiron | 6 March

Skills will power Norway's future |
Andreas Schleicher | 18 February

Students’ choices today shape tomorrow’s skills pool
Dirk Van Damme | 5 February

 
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Global Education and Skills Forum | 15-17 March 2014

"What Works" conference on Fostering quality teaching in higher education: How to maximise the added value of the student experience | 8-9 April, OECD Headquarters, Paris

Designing Skill-Friendly Tax Policies | Skills Strategy Spotlight No. 6 | 14 March

OECD Skills Strategy Diagnostic Report: Norway | 18 February

Education Indicators in Focus No. 19 - What are tertiary students choosing to study? | 5 February

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