22/10/2009 – Good vocational training is an important part of a strong economy. Learning for Jobs, the initial report of the OECD policy review of vocational education and training, presents a set of policy recommendations to help countries make their vocational systems more responsive to labour market needs and boost economic growth.
“To sustainably emerge from the crisis, we need a new growth model that will deliver more and better jobs. But for the economy to adapt to these new sources of growth, the labour force needs to have the right skills,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. “If we can give young people high quality training, then we have a much better chance to succeed.”
Among the report’s recommendations:
For the Learning for Jobs project, OECD is reviewing vocational education and training policy in Australia, Austria, Belgium (Flanders), the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom (England and Wales), and the United States (South Carolina and Texas). Special studies of Chile and the People’s Republic of China are also being prepared. The initial report is now available on the OECD website. The final report will be published by the OECD in late 2010.
For further information, journalists are invited to contact Jennifer Gouby (tel. (33) 1 45 24 92 18) in the OECD’s Directorate for Education.
The free PDF is available here. For more information on the Learning for Jobs project: www.oecd.org/edu/learningforjobs.