Industry and entrepreneurship

OECD Skills Studies: Skills Development and Training in SMEs

 

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Publication Date : 21 June 2013
Pages : 164
ISBN: 9789264169425 (PDF) ; 9789264175297 (print)
DOI: 10.1787/9789264169425-en

The report discusses the results of the OECD “Leveraging Training and Skills Development in SMEs” (TSME) project which examines access to training by SMEs across seven regions in six OECD countries: New Zealand, Poland, Belgium, UK, Turkey and Canada. The book analyses the policy issues related to both low access by SMEs, and how to recognise the increasing importance of informal training and skills development methods. The book looks at how both formal and alternative ways of training and skills development interact and identifies impacts at three levels; for the firm and employees; for the industry; and for the local area where the firm is located.

The report pays special attention to the development of entrepreneurial skills and the emerging area of “green skills”. This focus is not just because ‘green skills’ represent the next new training opportunity – the de-carbonisation of economies that will occur over the coming decades represents an industrial transformation on the scale of the microelectronics revolution - but in many ways the response to the green economy is at an emerging stage- this means we have the opportunity to implement lessons from previous successful practices into a skill development area that will have enormous reach.


Table of content

Overview of training and skills development in SMEs

PART I: CROSS-COUNTRY ANALYSIS OF SKILLS DEVELOPMENT APPROACHES IN SMES

  • Chapter 1. Formal training and skills development: The state of play 
  • Chapter 2: Skills development on the ground: Gormal and alternative approaches by firms
  • Chapter 3: Innovators, exporters and new skills development 
  • Chapter 4: Learning by doing - Best practices in training and skills development
  • Chapter 5: Skills and training ecosystems


PART II: KEY HIGHLIGHTS FROM CASE STUDIES

  • Chapter 6: Training in SMEs in the Canterbury region, New Zealand 
  • Chapter 7: Training in SMEs in the West Midlands region, United Kingdom
  • Chapter 8: Training in SMEs in the East Flanders region, Belgium
  • Chapter 9: Training in SMEs in the Zaglebie sub-region, Poland
  • Chapter 10: Training in SMEs in the industrial zone of Ostim, Ankara, Turkey
  • Chapter 11: Training in SMEs in the Montréal and Winnipeg urban regions, Canada

 

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If you need more information, you can address your inquiries to Cristina Martinez, from the OECD secretariat

 

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