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  • 28-June-2016

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    Why skills matter (OECD Education Today Blog)

    It’s the time of year when young people in the northern hemisphere are finishing their formal studies for the year – or for the foreseeable future.

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  • 28-June-2016

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    Skills Matter - Further Results from the Survey of Adult Skills

    In the wake of the technological revolution that began in the last decades of the 20th century, labour market demand for information-processing and other high-level cognitive and interpersonal skills is growing substantially. The Survey of Adult Skills, a product of the OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), was designed to provide insights into the availability of some of these key skills in society and how they are used at work and at home. The first survey of its kind, it directly measures proficiency in several information-processing skills – namely literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments.


    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. Another related report, The Survey of Adult Skills: Reader’s Companion, Second Edition, describes the design and methodology of the survey and its relationship to other international assessments of young students and adults.

  • 23-June-2016

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    Closing the gap between education and employment (OECD Education Today Blog)

    Employer engagement in education and training has become a hot topic for policy makers and practitioners around the world.

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  • 18-June-2016

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    Register for the webinar with Andreas Schleicher, Director of the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills, to present the findings of Skills Matter - Further Results from the Survey of Adult Skills.(June 28, 2016 at 12h Paris time.)

    Register for the webinar with Andreas Schleicher, Director of the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills, to present the findings of Skills Matter - Further Results from the Survey of Adult Skills.(June 28, 2016 at 12h Paris time.)

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  • 20-May-2016

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    Time, working and learning (OECD Education Today Blog)

    At the beginning of work-based learning programmes employers make an investment. This pays off later on when, after receiving high quality training, skilled trainees achieve higher productivity and contribute to production.

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  • 18-May-2016

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    Career education that works (OECD Education Today Blog)

    The benefits of employers engaging with education has long been reported and promoted within policy circles.

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  • 17-May-2016

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    Who pays for universities: taxpayers or students? (OECD Education Today Blog)

    There are few issues in education that raise as much political and ideological controversy as tuition fees for higher education.

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  • 13-May-2016

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    Education Indicators in Focus No. 41 - How much do tertiary students pay and what public support do they receive?

    OECD countries differ significantly in the way spending on tertiary education is shared between public and private sources of funding, and in the financial support they provide to students.

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  • 27-April-2016

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    Adult Skills in Focus No. 3 - What does age have to do with skills proficiency?

    The Survey of Adult Skills finds that adults aged 55 to 65 are less proficient in literacy and numeracy than adults aged 25 to 34. But differences in skills proficiency that are related to age vary widely across countries, implying that skills policies can affect the evolution of proficiency over a lifetime.

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  • 27-April-2016

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    Going grey, staying skilled (OECD Education&Skills Today Blog)

    Increased life expectancy represents one of the great achievements of modern societies: living longer and better has been a dream of past generations. At the same time, it implies changes to many aspects of life.

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