OECD Skills Strategy Implementation Guidance for Korea
Strengthening the Governance of Adult Learning
A well-coordinated adult learning system is essential to support the achievement of
Korea’s long-term goals. The transformational effects of demographic change, digitalisation,
globalisation, and most recently COVID-19 on life at work and outside of it amplify
the importance of getting adults’ skills right.
OECD research shows that individuals, employers and society benefit from adults having
higher levels of skills. Korea is a global leader in student performance and tertiary
attainment. Yet today, many adults in Korea have skill levels below the OECD average.
A significant share of adults face barriers to participate in adult learning. Against
the backdrop of a growing awareness about the importance of skills, Korea’s government
and stakeholders have a unique opportunity to improve how they share responsibility
and work together in the adult learning system.
This report outlines how Korea can increase participation in adult learning by strengthening
horizontal co-ordination across ministries, vertical co-ordination across levels of
government, engagement of stakeholders and financing arrangements. The report provides
examples of national and international good practices as well as a series of concrete
recommendations to help Korea improve the governance of adult learning and in turn
enhance economic growth and social cohesion.
Available from June 04, 2021
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