LEED Programme (Local Economic and Employment Development)

Leveraging training: skills development in SMEs

 

 

This project seeks to identify ways to overcome the barriers to workforce development in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The pool of SME workers requiring further education and training is significant. However, SMEs often find it difficult to support formal learning activities due to their low critical mass.

Small enterprises are more inclined to participate in knowledge intensive activities as a way of learning new operational techniques and procedures that will help them to be more innovative and creative.

These competence building activities are largely performed in-house, are interactive and can involve external resources from other companies or organisations.

The dynamics of these alternative ways of learning and upgrading skills are largely unknown. This current project seeks to bring clarification on the way they are performed and their impact on the innovativeness and competitiveness of micro, small and medium enterprises and its workforce (both for high-skilled and low-skilled employees).

 

This project aims to :

  • Gather and analyse new data on SMEs labour force participation in formal and informal training in participant countries through dedicated online surveys.
  • Analyse the impact of training and skills development activities in firms through country case studies.
  • Examine local skills and training ecosystems of selected regions. to learn how skills systems can be accelerated to support skills upgrading activities that generate results for all employees, employers, industry and the local area. This analysis is performed by workshops with local stakeholders that include industry, training organisations, universities and colleges and government organisations.
  • Analyse the relevance of green skills for SMEs, thus making an importance contribution to the OECD Green Growth Strategy by exploring the transformation and greening of SMEs towards a low-carbon economy.

 

Participant countries, events and outputs

Belgium, Poland, New Zealand, Turkey and the United Kingdom are already participating in the project. The European Commission is supporting the project.

Skills and training ecosystems in these countries will be analysed through workshops led by the OECD Secretariat in collaboration with country experts during 2010-2011.

Individual country reports will be prepared during 2010 and a synthesis report will be compiled by mid-2011.

 

Country reports

New Zealand

Leveraging Training: Skills Development in SMEs. An analysis of Canterbury region, New Zealand (pdf, 704 Kb) 
Published July 2010.

 

Poland

Rozwój umiejetnosci i szkolenia w msp: Analiza subregionu Sosnowieckiego, Polska [Leveraging Training: Skills Development in SMEs. An analysis of Zaglebie sub-region, Poland] (pdf, 2.75 MB) 

 

[English] Leveraging Training:Skills Development in SMEs. An analysis of Zaglebie sub-Region, Poland. (pdf, 1.59 MB) 

Published December 2010.

 Video of conference and Polish case study available on our YouTube channel

 

Belgium

Leveraging Training Skills Development in SMEs: An Analysis of East Flanders, Belgium (pdf, 3.71 MB)
Published December 2011
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Turkey

Leveraging Training Skills Development in SMEs: An Analysis of OSTIM Organised Industrial Zone, Turkey (pdf, 4.06 MB )
Published November 2011
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United Kingdom

Leveraging Training Skills Development in SMEs: An Analysis of the West Midlands, England (pdf, 3.78 MB)
Published December 2011.

 

Canada

Leveraging Training and Skills Development in SMEs: An Analysis of the Two Canadian Urban Regions: Montreal and Winnipeg (pdf, 2.44 MB)
Published November 2012.

 

Contact

For more information on the project or to sign up to participate, please contact Dr Cristina Martinez from the OECD Secretariat.

 

Related Documents

 

Innovation in skills Development in SMEs – Highlights

Conference: Innovation in skills development for SMEs competitiveness (Ankara, Turkey) - 13/14 Dec 2012

Conference: Leveraging training and skills development in SMEs (Warsaw, Poland) - 13 Dec 2010

 

Countries list

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
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  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China (People’s Republic of)
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • European Union
  • Faeroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong, China
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Korea
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macao (China)
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia (Federated States of)
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Palestinian Administered Areas
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Serbia and Montenegro (pre-June 2006)
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
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  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Virgin Islands (UK)
  • Wallis and Futuna Islands
  • Western Sahara
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe