The Southeast Asia region is growing at a rapid pace, industry is becoming more diversified, and job requirements are demanding more complex and sophisticated skills. A highly skilled labour force is increasingly important for economies to remain competitive and achieve sustainable growth.
The OECD’s Regional Policy Network on Education and Skills aims to foster knowledge exchange in support of national growth and regional integration. The Network encourages a whole-of-government approach to formulating and implementing sound skills policies. It draws on the growing participation by Southeast Asian countries in the OECD’s education surveys and local job creation policy reviews, which provide valuable comparative data and analysis that can help countries in the region build more efficient and effective employment and skills systems.
Its platform is provided by the OECD’s Employment and Skills Strategies Initiative in Southeast Asia (ESSSA), which since 2008 has been networking skills ministries from the 10 ASEAN countries, helping them to design policies that tackle employment, training and skills issues in an integrated manner and providing tailored guidance on policy implementation.
Southeast Asian economies are increasingly engaged in the OECD’s education surveys and policy reviews, gaining valuable comparative data and analysis that can help them build more efficient and effective education systems.
Through the Employment and Skills Strategies Initiative in Southeast Asia (ESSSA), the OECD has built a network comprising representatives from Ministries of Employment, Vocational Training, Skills and Education in all ASEAN countries, together with senior officials from OECD countries as well as relevant international organizations such as ILO, UNESCO, and the ADB. This inter-sectoral constituency enables a horizontal approach to addressing skills challenges, leading to better policies for jobs and the economy.
Key outcomes of the work include the identification of best policies and practices at national and local level that contribute to more sustainable job creation in more productive economies, enabling evidence-based peer learning across Southeast Asia and OECD countries.
Each year, an expert meeting is organised, co-chaired by an ASEAN and OECD country delegate, to tackle cross-cutting employment, training and skills issues, build the capacity of practitioners in implementing effective strategies, and develop governance mechanisms which foster greater policy coordination.
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For further information on the call for initiatives, please contact Jonathan Barr (OECD).