Poor skills severely reduce a person’s chance of a better-paying and more-rewarding job, and have a major impact on how the benefits of economic growth are shared within societies. In countries where large shares of adults have poor skills, it is difficult to introduce productivity-enhancing technologies and new ways of working, which stalls improvements in living standards, according to a new OECD report.
Israel is a young country with still dynamic population growth, but it is already beginning to face the consequences of population ageing.
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Israel’s economy is threatened by a series of serious skills shortages arising from a retirement wave among highly-skilled migrants.
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A high level of education is particularly common in Israel. The country ranks fourth among OECD countries for tertiary attainment among 25-64 year-olds.
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Higher level vocational education and training (VET) programmes are facing rapid change and intensifying challenges. What type of training is needed to meet the needs of changing economies? How can employers and unions be engaged? The country reports in this series look at these and other questions. They form part of Skills beyond School, the OECD policy review of postsecondary vocational education and training.
Education at a Glance 2013 - Country notes and key fact tables
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Israel has many different programmes in postsecondary vocational education and training, including practical engineering and technician programmes and vocational courses which are the main focus of this commentary.
Country Notes from OECD Economic Policy Reforms: Going for growth 2011 presenting OECD recommendations for structural reform priorities for individual countries.
Despite some best-practice policies, challenges remain in raising employment and lowering poverty, particularly among Arab-Israeli and Ultra-orthodox households, as discussed in this working paper.
Israel’s education system produces many tertiary graduates but there are wide gaps across society and core skills at secondary school are weak, as discussed in this working paper.