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Matching supply of and demand for skills: international perspectives


  • Keating, Jack


The aim of this research was to identify approaches used by a select number of overseas countries - the United Kingdom, China, Singapore, Norway and Germany - in their attempts to match the supply of skills with current and projected skill needs. The study focuses on the mechanisms used by, or on behalf of, governments to influence the formal and informal processes and outcomes of skills formation. This includes the management and direction of VET systems, financing and other levers that influence the type, amount and location of training and other skills-formation processes. The research found that countries use a mixture of three types of strategies to attempt to align the supply of skills with current and future needs: state regulated; regulated through agreements between the social partners, that is, industry, unions and government; and market regulation.

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  • Keating, Jack, 2009. "Matching supply of and demand for skills: international perspectives," Australian Bulletin of Labour, National Institute of Labour Studies, vol. 35(3), pages 528-560.
  • Handle: RePEc:fli:journl:26209 Note: Keating, J., 2009. Matching supply of and demand for skills: international perspectives. Australian Bulletin of Labour, Vol. 35 No. 3, pp. 528-560.

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    1. Cain Polidano & Justin van de Ven & Sarah Voitchovsky, 2017. "The Power of Self-Interest: Effects of Education and Training Entitlements in Later-Life," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series wp2017n12, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.
    2. Justin van de Ven & Cain Polidano & Sarah Voitchovsky, 2017. "The power of self-interest: Effects of subsidies for adult education and training," National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) Discussion Papers 480, National Institute of Economic and Social Research.


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