Skills beyond school


  • skills.oecd

    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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  • 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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  • OECD Policy Reviews of Vocational Education and Training (VET)

    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

Skills Beyond Schools Synthesis Report

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.


Recent reports

Top blog posts


A Skills beyond School Review of the Kazakhstan | December 9, 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.


Time for the U.S. to Reskill? What the Survey of Adult Skills Says | 12 November 2013

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.

More reports and papers

Why aren’t more girls choosing maths and science at university?
Dirk Van Damme | March 17

Who enjoys the opportunity to be better educated than their parents?
Dirk Van Damme | January 29

The sustainability of the UK’s higher education system
Andreas Schleicher | January 6

Skills and wage inequality across labour markets
Dirk Van Damme | December 22

Does lifelong learning perpetuate inequalities in educational opportunities?
Dirk Van Damme | November 25

Under the radar? Professional education and training
Simon Field | November 13

Lessons for the UK
Ken Manson | November 6

More blog posts

News and events


ISCED 2011 Operational Manual - Guidelines for Classifying National Education Programmes and Related Qualifications

Education Indicators in Focus N°30 - What are the gender differences?

Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Lives: A Strategic Approach to Education and Skills Policies for the United Arab Emirates

A Skills beyond School Review of Egypt

Education Indicator in Focus No. 28 - Are young people attaining higher levels of education than their parents?

Archived webinar - OECD Education Briefing on the latest Education Policy Outlook 2015, and the interim Education at a Glance report

A Skills beyond School Review of the Netherlands

Education Indicators in Focus No. 26 - Learning Begets Learning: Adult Participation in Lifelong Education

A Skills beyond School Review of South Africa

A Skills Beyond School Review of the Netherlands

Education Indicators in Focus No. 25 - Who are the doctorate holders and where do their qualifications lead them?

OECD Skills Strategy Action Report: Norway | September 4

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

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