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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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A Skills beyond School Review of Israel | April 29 2014

This review is one of a series of country reports on postsecondary vocational education and training (VET) in OECD countries, prepared as part of an OECD study. The series includes reviews, involving an in-depth analysis of a country system leading to a set of policy recommendations backed by analysis.

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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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Act now to boost Norway’s skills
Andreas Schleicher | September 4

Education professionals as social innovators
Dirk Van Damme | July 17

 
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OECD Skills Strategy Action Report: Norway | September 4

Education Indicators in Focus No. 24 - How innovative is the education sector? | July 17

Education Indicators in Focus No. 23 - At what age do university students earn their first degree?
| 28 May

Education Indicators in Focus No. 22 - How much time do primary and lower secondary students spend in the classroom? | 13 May

EDU NAEC Paper Series n° 1. How closely is the distribution of skills related to countries’ overall level of social inequality and economic prosperity? | 2 May

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