Skills beyond school

OECD Policy Reviews of Vocational Education and Training (VET)



Launch event of the OECD publication Skills beyond School: Synthesis Report at the Biblioteca Nacional de España, Madrid on 9 April 2015.  Presentations by Simon Field (Senior Analyst, OECD) and Monserrat Gomendio Kindelan (The State Secretary for Education, Vocational Training and Universities, Spain).  The event can be viewed here.

The summary and policy recommendations from the
synthesis report are available in English and Spanish.

An OECD country note for Spain is available in English and Spanish.



The economies of OECD countries need specific occupational skills - 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 intensive scrutiny to determine if they can deliver the skills required, and ensure that they adapt to fast-changing needs. The OECD is tackling these challenges through two major thematic reviews – the completed Learning for Jobs which looked at initial VET, often at upper secondary level, and more recently Skills beyond School, which covers the postsecondary level.

The country studies published as part of these reviews are available here

In 2015 OECD launched a study on work-based learning in vocational education and training that aims to deliver policy messages about how to use work-based learning to achieve better economic and social outcomes.  

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Download Skills beyond School: Synthesis Report




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Learning for Jobs