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Skills Upgrading: New Policy Perspectives


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ISBN Number: 9264012508
Publication Date:
16 June 2006


Skills Upgrading - New Policy Perspectives

Published by the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development

Skills are key to a better job and a better life. Yet acquiring them is often most difficult for the people who need them most: those trapped in low-paid jobs with hard working conditions. Innovative experiments throughout OECD member countries show that barriers to skills acquisition can be overcome.
A wide range of actors from government, business and civil society have joined efforts and embarked on initiatives that indeed fill the gap between labour market policy and vocational training, and workers’ weaknesses and employers’ evolving needs.
There are rich lessons to be learned from the experiences of Belgium (Flanders), Canada, Denmark, the United Kingdom and the United States, which are investigated in this book.

Table of contents:

Executive Summary
- Chapter 1. An Introduction to Skills Upgrading: Why a Shift in Policy is Needed by Sylvain Giguère
- Chapter 2. From Welfare-to-Work to Welfare-in-Work: Concepts and Policies by Corinne Nativel
- Chapter 3. Education and Training for the Low-Skilled in Denmark: Linking Public Policy to Workplace Needs and Practice by Mette Nørholm
- Chapter 4. The Regional Implementation of the Employer Training Pilots in the United Kingdom by Penny Tamkin, Jim Hillage and Viona Gerova
- Chapter 5. Sectoral Initiatives to Train Low-Qualified Incumbent Workers in the United States: Two Case Studies by Randall W. Eberts
- Chapter 6. Skills Upgrading for Low-Qualified Workers in Flanders by Ides Nicaise, Roel Verlinden and Frank Pirard
- Chapter 7. Skills Upgrading Initiatives in Canada: Evidence from Alberta and the Northwest Territories by Richard Brisbois and Ron Saunders
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