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Creating Responsive Adult Learning Opportunities in Japan

The COVID-19 crisis has reiterated the importance of adult learning and career guidance services as many adults have lost their jobs and now require upskilling and reskilling opportunities in order to keep pace with the rapidly evolving world of work. To foster the development of responsive and more widespread adult learning opportunities in Japan, this report analyses several policy options to expand access to training, remove the barriers to training participation, and ensure that the training provided is aligned with Japan’s labour market needs. It also discusses the importance for Japanese workers of receiving guidance and support from their employer to facilitate career progression and the need for externally provided guidance services for workers who want to change jobs. Based on this analysis, this report provides actionable policy recommendations as well as good practice examples from OECD countries.

Available from February 22, 2021

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword
Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
Changing skill needs in the Japanese labour market
Implications for the Japanese employment system
Japan’s need for more and better adult learning opportunities
Increasing access to adult learning opportunities
Making adult learning more inclusive
Improving the responsiveness of adult learning to changing labour market needs
Career guidance to support career progression and transitions
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