Skills beyond school


  • skills.oecd

    skills.oecd presents the most recent OECD reports, data and videos related to skills. Central to this site is the OECD Skills Strategy, the underlying data visualisations and country-specific data, findings and recommendations.  

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  • Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC)

    The Survey of Adult Skills measures the key cognitive and workplace skills needed for individuals to participate in society and for economies to prosper. Results from this survey will be announced 8 October 2013.

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  • Education & Skills Online Assessment

    EDUCATION & SKILLS ONLINE is an assessment tool designed to provide individual-level results that are linked to the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) measures of literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments. All results are comparable to the measures used in PIAAC and can be benchmarked against the national and international results available for the participating countries. In addition, the assessment contains non-cognitive measures of skill use, career interest, health and well-being, and behavioral competencies.

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OECD Skills Outlook 2015 - Youth, Skills and Employability

Young people around the world are struggling to enter the labour market. In some OECD countries, one in four 16-29 year-olds is neither employed nor in education or training. The OECD Skills Outlook 2015 shows how improving the employability of youth requires a comprehensive approach. While education , social, and labour market policies have key roles to play, co-ordination between public policies and the private sector is also crucial. The publication, which builds on the results of the 2012 Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) presented in the first edition of the Skills Outlook, also presents examples of successful policies in selected countries.


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Adults, Computers and Problem Solving - What's the Problem | 23 June 2015

The report provides an in-depth analysis of the results from the Survey of Adult Skills related to problem solving in technology-rich environments, along with measures concerning the use of ICT and problem solving. The Nordic countries and the Netherlands have the largest proportions of adults (around 40%) who score at the higher levels in problem solving, while Ireland, Poland and the Slovak Republic have the smallest proportions


Skills Beyond Schools Synthesis Report | 27 November 2014

Higher level vocational education and training (VET) programmes are facing rapid change and intensifying challenges. What type of training is needed to meet the needs of changing economies? How should the programmes be funded? How should they be linked to academic and university programmes? How can employers and unions be engaged?  This report synthesises the findings of the series of  country reports done on skills beyond school.

More reports and papers

Does social background thwart aspirations for higher education?
Dirk Van Damme | October 7

Spain’s future prosperity depends on skills
Andreas Schleicher | September 22

What are the risks of missing out on upper secondary education?
Dirk Van Damme | August 13

How to help adult learners learn the basics
Hendrickje Catriona Windisch | July 16

Are vocational programmes preparing school leavers for a risky job market?
Dirk Van Damme | July 3



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News and events


Education Indicators in Focus No. 35 - How do differences in social and cultural background influence access to higher education and the completion of studies?

Spain’s future prosperity depends on raising skill levels and removing barriers to employment

OECD Skills Strategy Diagnostic Report – Spain

OECD Education and Skills Newsletter  - September 2015

The OECD-Singapore Conference on Higher Education Futures (Singapore, October 14-15 2015)


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