Published on November 02, 2017
This joint OECD-ILO report provides a comparative analysis of case studies focusing on improving skills use in the workplace across eight countries. The examples provide insights into the practical ways in which employers interact with government services and policies at the local level. They highlight the need to build policy coherence across employment, skills, economic development and innovation policies, and underline the importance of ensuring that skills utilisation is built into policy development thinking and implementation.
Skills utilisation concerns the extent to which skills are effectively applied in the workplace to maximise workplace and individual performance. It involves a mix of policies including work organisation, job design, technology adaptation, innovation, employee-employer relations, human resource development practices and business-product market strategies. It is often at the local level that the interface of these factors can best be addressed.
|Policies and practices for improving skills utilisation locally|
|Collaborative workplace innovation in the East Midlands, United Kingdom|
|Public investment in skills development and utilisation in Singapore|
|The open book solutions profit-sharing programme at Paris Creperie, Boston|
|Meeting the skills needs of local SMEs in Gwangyang, Korea|
|Investing in employee skills at the local level through Viet Nam's score programme|
|Local actions to boost skills utilisation Tasmania's disability services|
|The Impulsa Perú initiative to improve local worker's skills and employability|
|Engaging local employers in skills development and utilisation in the Philippines|
On 2 November 2017, the report was launched in London at a conference organised jointly by the OECD, Warwick University, the Work Foundation, and the Centre for Cities. The event brought together stakeholders from national government departments, cities, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) as well as business, NGOs and research institutions to discuss the key challenges facing the United Kingdom in building more and better quality jobs.
The following key lessons and recommendations emerge from this report:
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