Skills Development and Training in SMEs

The report discusses the results of the OECD “Leveraging Training and Skills Development in SMEs” (TSME) project which examines access to training by SMEs across seven regions in six OECD countries: New Zealand, Poland, Belgium, UK, Turkey and Canada. The book analyses the policy issues related to both low access by SMEs, and how to recognise the increasing importance of informal training and skills development methods. The book looks at how both formal and alternative ways of training and skills development interact and identifies impacts at three levels; for the firm and employees; for the industry; and for the local area where the firm is located. The report pays special attention to the development of entrepreneurial skills and the emerging area of “green skills”. This focus is not just because ‘green skills’ represent the next new training opportunity – the de-carbonisation of economies that will occur over the coming decades represents an industrial transformation on the scale of the microelectronics revolution - but in many ways the response to the green economy is at an emerging stage- this means we have the opportunity to implement lessons from previous successful practices into a skill development area that will have enormous reach.

Published on June 21, 2013

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Executive summary
Overview of training and skills development in SMEs
Cross-country analysis of skills development approaches in SMEs5 chapters available
Formal training and skills development: The state of play
Skills development on the ground: Formal and alternative approaches by firms
Innovators, exporters and new skills development
Learning by doing – best practices in training and skills development
Skills and training ecosystems
Key highlights from case studies8 chapters available
Training in SMEs in the Canterbury region, New Zealand
Training in SMEs in the West Midlands region, the United Kingdom
Training in SMEs in the East Flanders region, Belgium
Training in SMEs in the Zaglebie sub-region, Poland
Training in SMEs in the industrial zone of OSTIM, Ankara, Turkey
Training in SMEs in the Montréal and Winnipeg urban regions, Canada
Contributors' biographies
Survey participant characteristics
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