Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)

LEED FLASH September 2013



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Local Job Creation in Ireland

On 12th September in Dublin, the OECD Secretary General, Angel Gurria is presenting the Economic Outlook for Ireland and a new LEED report on how local employment and training agencies can better support job creation and productivity. This is the third published review as part of an international cross-comparative project involving 12 countries. The report highlights how stronger local partnerships between employment, skills, and economic development agencies can foster strategic actions to create more and better quality jobs. The OECD is hosting an inter-departmental meeting on 13th September to discuss how to take forward the report’s recommendations.

LEED has also released its review of the United States, which focused on local employment and training strategies in Michigan and California. Read more...



New on youth employment

Endorsing the OECD’s Action Plan for Youth at the OECD’s annual Ministerial Meeting in Paris in May, ministers underlined the need to focus attention on the most disadvantaged youth. Ensuring employment success for young people is a policy issue of particular relevance locally. Barriers preventing young people from successful transition into employment are often multifaceted in nature and responses need to come from a wide array of policy areas. It is at the local level that government policies can be integrated and combined with place-based initiatives to provide multidimensional responses to complex problems. The new LEED report examines local strategies to combat youth unemployment in selected OECD and non OECD countries. See also local case studies feed into the OECD database of skills strategies. Read more...


Visit of the the OECD Secretary-General to the OECD LEED Trento Centre -10th Anniversary

The Secretary-General visited Trento to deliver a speech on Global Inequalities at the Festival of Economics Trento and participated in the 10th anniversary of the OECD LEED Trento Centre. The Secretary-General highlighted the excellent work of the Trento Centre on Local Economic and Employment Development since it was established at the end of 2003. The President of the Province of Trento and the Mayor of Trento were present at the event. The Trentino Federation of Cooperatives recognised the excellent collaboration established over the last 10 years with the OECD Trento Centre by awarding the Secretary-General a “gold medal”, only the third in the hundred-year history of the Federation. Read more...



From left to right: Sergio Arzeni, Director of the Centre for entrepreneurship, SMEs and local development of the OECD, Angel Gurr�a, Secretary-General of the OECD, Carlo Maria Oliva, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the OECD, Stefano Barbieri, Head of the OECD LEED Trento Centre



Skills Development and Training in SMEs

Skills Development and Training in SMEs

A new book examines access to training by SMEs across seven regions in six OECD countries. It addresses the issue of how to recognise the increasing importance of informal training and/or alternative skills development methods, such as knowledge intensive service activities (KISA). This publication is based on the LEED project “Leveraging training: skills development in SMEs” which looked at how both formal and alternative ways of training and skills development interact.The publication has launched the “OECD Skills Studies” series. Buy the book and look inside...


L'entrepreneuriat social en France: r�flexions et bonnes pratiques

Reflexions and good practices on social entrepreneurship

Prepared by the LEED Programme with the Commissariat Général de la Stratégie et de la Prospective, this report explores social entrepreneurship in France and present its challengess and achievments. The book includes international good practices and concludes with remarks by the French Minister of Social and Solidarity Economy, Mr Benoit Hamon, on the dynamism of the sector, its potential for innovation, its resilience and its capacity to create quality jobs. Read more...

Policy brief on Social Entrepreneurship

New LEED Policy brief on social entrepreneurship

As part of a series of policy briefs on issues related to inclusive entrepreneurship, the LEED Programme has produced a policy brief on social entrepreneurship in collaboration with the European Commission, DG Employment, Social affairs and Inclusion. This policy brief includes discussion on the mission and main characteristics of social enterprises, and provides data on their prevalence. Policy recommendations and examples of social enterprises are provided to help policy makers build a conducive ecosystem for social enterprises to thrive. Read more...

Demographic change in the Netherlands: Strategies for resilient labour markets

Strategies for labour markets in the Netherlands

Shrinking regions in the Netherlands are confronted with a decreasing labour force, particularly induced by ageing and outmigration of high educated young people. Demographic change in the Netherlands: Strategies for resilient labour markets discusses the social and economic effects of demographic transition in-depth analysis of case study regions of Groningen-Drenthe, Zeeland and Limburg. Read more...


Report: An international benchmarking analysis of public Programmes for High-growth firms

High-growth firms create new jobs

High-growth firms - firms able to grow fast over a short period of time - contribute to most new jobs in advanced economies. Nonetheless, they are faced with challenges in the upgrading of management skills, access to equity finance and commercialisation of research. This report benchmarks programmes for high-growth firms through an assessment framework of 35 qualitative indicators that the OECD LEED programme has designed. Special attention is given to business accelerator schemes. Read more...




Working Communities International Congress 2013

June 20th & 21st 2013, Sydney, Australia

Building productive working communities is a key challenge for policy makers. While much of this work traditionally falls within the scope of labour market policy, an integrated approach is needed that bridges across policy silos, and enables local solutions to be developed that are targeted at local community needs. The third Working Communities International Congress reviewed innovative practices from Australian and internationally drawing on the initial findings of the LEED Programme project on Local Job Creation - How Labour Market Policies Can Help. Read more...


9th Annual Meeting of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance

26-27 March, Dublin / Kilkenny, Ireland

Localities across the OECD area are confronted with the challenge of reducing high and persistent unemployment and defining new sources of economic growth, all in the context of shrinking public resources. In the framework of Irish EU Presidency, the 9th Annual Meeting gathered some 220 delegates from 26 countries to debate how national policies can be adapted to achieve maximum local impact and the mechanisms that need to be put in place locally to accelerate change...
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Youth case studies on the OECD skills strategy

How are countries around the world helping youth stay in school, build skills and careers? What are they doing about youth unemployment? The skills.oecd web portal has been updated to include a series of OECD LEED case studies, which provide a starting point for those looking not only to learn about the problems facing youth today, but how to solve them. Read more...

Updated data on skills supply and demand

Measuring skills at the regional and local level can be a complex task for labour market experts and local policy makers. The OECD LEED programme has developed a new tool that helps identifying the balance between skills supply and demand. Data for 12 countries is already available and 8 new countries will be added during the autumn. Read more...





Green growth in the Benelux - Indicators of local transition to a low-carbon economy in cross-border regions (Benelux) Supporting Small Business Development in the Province of Manisa, Turkey: The Role of KOSGEB Stimulating entrepreneurial mindsets and behaviours in east German higher education: State of play and inspiring practices

Green growth in the Benelux - Indicators of local transition to a low-carbon economy in cross-border regions (Benelux)

Supporting Small Business Development in the Province of Manisa, Turkey: The Role of KOSGEB

Stimulating entrepreneurial mindsets and behaviours in east German higher education: State of play and inspiring practices


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