Skills beyond school

OECD Policy Reviews of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Adult Learning


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The economies of OECD countries need specific occupational skills - 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 intensive scrutiny to determine if they can deliver the skills required, and ensure that they adapt to fast-changing needs. The OECD is tackling these challenges through two major thematic reviews – the completed Learning for Jobs which looked at initial VET, often at upper secondary level, and since then Skills beyond School, which covers the postsecondary level.

The team is currently undertaking a study on work-based learning in vocational education and training that aims to deliver policy messages about how to use work-based learning to achieve better economic and social outcomes.

In addition, the team has launched the adult learning and skills study that is exploring key skills challenges (low adult literacy and numeracy) emerging from the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC – Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies). The work aims to advance policy recommendations designed to improve basic skills and their utilisation.

The country studies published as part of these reviews are available here

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Click book cover to read, share and embed on your website the publication Skills beyond School: Synthesis Report



Click book cover to read, share and embed on your website the publication Learning for Jobs

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