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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  • OECD Policy Reviews of Vocational Education and Training (VET)

    Specific occupational skills are needed - in professional, managerial and technical jobs, in expanding fields such as health care, as well as in traditional trades like electricians. Vocational education and training (VET) systems, which supply these skills, are now under scrutiny to determine if they can deliver the skills required, and ensure that they adapt to fast-changing needs.

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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.


Recent reports

Top blog posts


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

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

What computer skills can do for you
Andreas Schleicher | June 23

It's a matter of trust
Andreas Schleicher | June 10

No one left behind?
Dirk Van Damme | June 5

Young people are our future: invest in their skills
Andreas Schleicher | May 27

The global talent pool has taken on a dramatically different look
Dirk Van Damme | April 23

Literacy for life
Andreas Schleicher | April 14

Skills will drive inclusive economic growth in Portugal
Andreas Schleicher | April 1

Why aren’t more girls choosing maths and science at university?
Dirk Van Damme | March 17

Who enjoys the opportunity to be better educated than their parents?
Dirk Van Damme | January 29

The sustainability of the UK’s higher education system
Andreas Schleicher | January 6

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News and events


Education Indicators in Focus No.33 - Focus on vocational education and training (VET) programmes

A Skills beyond School Review of Costa Rica

OECD Education Indicators in Focus No. 32 - Are education and skills being distributed more inclusively?

OECD Education and Skills Newsletter - June 2015

Governments must step up efforts to tackle youth unemployment

Universal Basic Skills - What Countries Stand to Gain

Education Indicators in Focus No. 31: How is the global talent pool changing (2013, 2030)?

Securing equitable and high-quality education and jobs is crucial to Portugal’s future

OECD Skills Strategy Diagnostic Report - Portugal 2015

ISCED 2011 Operational Manual - Guidelines for Classifying National Education Programmes and Related Qualifications

Education Indicators in Focus N°30 - What are the gender differences?

Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Lives: A Strategic Approach to Education and Skills Policies for the United Arab Emirates

A Skills beyond School Review of Egypt

Education Indicator in Focus No. 29 - How much time do teachers spend on teaching and non-teaching activities?

Archived webinar - OECD Education Briefing on the latest Education Policy Outlook 2015, and the interim Education at a Glance report

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