Czech Republic: Tackling long-term unemployment requires stronger local actions to develop skills, says OECD


21/05/14 – The Czech Republic has made significant progress towards creating a stable and attractive climate for investment, but more could be done to tackle long-term and youth unemployment through integrated actions across employment, skills and economic development policies at the local level, according to a new OECD report.

Employment and Skills Strategies in the Czech Republic underlines the importance of creating quality jobs and raising skills levels to continue growing the economy. It notes that greater employer involvement in the design of training programmes will ensure that they are both relevant and responsive to the needs of the local economy.

The OECD report draws attention to the importance of reforming the apprenticeship system, to provide better quality and more relevant training opportunities. It suggests that the Czech Republic develop a skills strategy identifying national and local skills priorities for today and the future. It also examines local employment and training organisations’ capacity to contribute to long-term strategies for boosting economic resilience, creating quality jobs and improving productivity.

The report is part of a new OECD series focusing on the role of employment and training agencies in job creation and productivity in 12 OECD countries or jurisdictions: Australia, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Korea, Northern Ireland, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the USA.

For further information, journalists can contact Sylvain Giguère, Head of Division, OECD LEED Programme, policy analyst Jonathan Barr or the OECD Media Division (+33 1 4524 9700).


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