Skills beyond school


  • Skills Topic

    Today we rely on information and communication technologies and devices that hadn’t even been imagined just 30 years ago. The set of skills we need to participate fully in and benefit from our hyper-connected societies and increasingly knowledge-based economies has changed profoundly too.

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  • Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC)

    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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  • Education & Skills Online Assessment

    EDUCATION & SKILLS ONLINE is an assessment tool designed to provide individual-level results that are linked to the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) measures of literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments. All results are comparable to the measures used in PIAAC and can be benchmarked against the national and international results available for the participating countries. In addition, the assessment contains non-cognitive measures of skill use, career interest, health and well-being, and behavioral competencies.

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Education at a Glance 2017

Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators is the authoritative source for information on the state of education around the world. With more than 125 charts and 145 tables included in the publication and much more data available on the educational database, Education at a Glance 2017 provides key information on the output of educational institutions; the impact of learning across countries; the financial and human resources invested in education; access, participation and progression in education; and the learning environment and organisation of schools.


OECD Skills Outlook 2017 - Skills and Global Value Chains

The OECD Skills Outlook 2017 shows how countries can make the most of global value chains, socially and economically, by investing in the skills of their populations. Applying a “whole of government” approach is crucial. Countries need to develop a consistent set of skills-related policies such as education, employment protection legislation, and migration policies, in coordination with trade and innovation policies. This report presents new analyses based on the Survey of Adult Skills and the Trade in Value Added Database. It also explains what countries would need to do to specialise in technologically advanced industries.

Skills Matter - Further Results from the Survey of Adult Skills

This volume reports results from the 24 countries and regions that participated in the first round of the survey in 2011-12 (first published in OECD Skills Outlook 2013: First Results from the Survey of Adult Skills) and from the nine additional countries that participated in the second round in 2014-15 (Chile, Greece, Indonesia [Jakarta], Israel, Lithuania, New Zealand, Singapore, Slovenia and Turkey). It describes adults’ proficiency in the three information-processing skills assessed, and examines how skills proficiency is related to labour market and social outcomes.

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Adults, Computers and Problem Solving - What's the Problem | 23 June 2015

The report provides an in-depth analysis of the results from the Survey of Adult Skills related to problem solving in technology-rich environments, along with measures concerning the use of ICT and problem solving. The Nordic countries and the Netherlands have the largest proportions of adults (around 40%) who score at the higher levels in problem solving, while Ireland, Poland and the Slovak Republic have the smallest proportions


Skills Beyond Schools Synthesis Report | 27 November 2014

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 should the programmes be funded? How should they be linked to academic and university programmes? How can employers and unions be engaged?  This report synthesises the findings of the series of  country reports done on skills beyond school.

More reports and papers

How primary and secondary teachers differ and why it matters
Marie-Helene Doumet | February 8

Shaping, not predicting, the future of students
Anthony Mann | January 31

Learning for careers: The career pathways movement in the United States
Nancy Hoffman and Bob Schwartz | January 24

What the expansion of higher education means for graduates in the labour market
Markus Schwabe | December 21

Who really bears the cost of education?
Marie-Hélène Doumet | December 4





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Education and Skills Newsletter - January 2018   Register to receive the Directorate for Education and Skills newsletter

Education Indicators in Focus No. 58 - How do primary and secondary teachers compare?

Education Indicators in Focus No. 57: Is labour market demand keeping pace with the rising educational attainment of the population?

Education Indicators in Focus No. 56: Who really bears the cost of education? How the burden of education expenditure shifts from the public to the private sector

Education Indicators in Focus N° 55 - What are the gender differences and the labour market outcomes across the different fields of study?







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