Spain’s economy is showing clear signs of recovery, after a protracted recession.
Despite these positive developments significant challenges remain. Spain has amongst
the highest unemployment rates in the OECD and the Spanish economy was still smaller
in 2014 than it was in 2007. While the future is by definition uncertain, all signs
point to a world in which higher levels of skills will be increasingly critical for
people’s success in the economy and society. Skills improvements are an important
driver of employment, productivity, economic growth, and higher living standards.
Fostering better and more equitable skills outcomes also provides the foundation for
building a healthier, more equitable, and more cohesive society.The OECD Skills Strategy
Diagnostic Report: Spain identifies 12 skills challenges for Spain. These challenges
were identified through workshops with national and regional governments and stakeholders
and through analysis of OECD, European Commission and national data. The first eight
challenges refer to specific outcomes across the three pillars of developing, activating
and using skills. The next four challenges refer to the “enabling” conditions that
strengthen the overall skills system. Success in tackling these skills challenges
will boost performance across the whole skills system.