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Improving Workers' Skills: Analytical Evidence and the Role of the Social Partners

  • Wooseok Ok
  • Peter Tergeist
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    There is a wide consensus that workforce skills are an important determinant for economic growth. Alongside initial education, continuous education and training (hereafter referred to as CET) plays a key role in meeting these skill needs. This report examines possible positive impacts of CET on workers’ performance, and discusses some policy issues with a special focus on the role of the social partners. Access to CET is associated with workers’ characteristics and literacy level Over and above international differences in training participation – with the Nordic countries showing the highest participation rates – access to CET appears to be consistently unequal across socioeconomic groups. In all the countries reviewed, the low-educated and older workers are under-represented in firm-training programmes. The incidence of CET is also positively associated with workers’ literacy levels. Importantly, the erosion of literacy with age seems to be slower in countries with high training ... Il est très généralement admis que les compétences de la main-d’œuvre sont un facteur important de croissance économique. A côté de la formation initiale, la formation continue a un rôle essentiel à jouer pour répondre à ces besoins de compétences. Ce rapport étudie l’impact positif qu’elle peut avoir sur les performances des travailleurs et analyse quelques unes des questions qui se posent aux politiques publiques, en mettant spécialement l’accent sur le rôle des partenaires sociaux. L’accès à la formation continue est lié aux caractéristiques des travailleurs et à leurs niveaux de littératie Au-delà des différences de niveau de participation à la formation continue entre pays – niveau qui est particulièrement élevé dans les pays nordiques – l’accès à cette formation est toujours inégal suivant les caractéristiques socio-économiques de la population. Dans tous les pays étudiés, les travailleurs moins qualifiés et plus âgés sont sous-représentés dans la formation en entreprise ...

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    Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers with number 10.

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    Date of creation: 09 Jul 2003
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