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Individuals have to take more responsibility themselves looking after their skills

“One of the important things to bear in mind looking to the future is that individuals have to take more responsibility themselves looking after their skills and upgrading them.” 

John P. Martin

Former OECD Director for Employment and renowned labour market expert John P. Martin has studied and compared labour market strategies worldwide. He told Cedefop’s policy learning forum that these have worked in countries such as Australia, Japan, Norway, Switzerland and the UK, but failed in Finland, Ireland and Slovenia, while in Spain, Portugal and Greece only lip service has been paid to activation. Skillset and match asked him why there is such a mixed picture.

What should those who have a job but are at risk of losing it do?

There are a number of things. You should always pay attention to your skills pro le and how that is being adapted to the labour market needs. And if you need to upgrade your skills, then by all means try to nd the best training opportunities either with your own employer or elsewhere. That can sometimes be assisted by help from the public purse, either in the form of training allowances or training vouchers or even subsidies to an employer. One of the important things to bear in mind looking to the future is that individuals have to take more responsibility themselves looking after their skills and upgrading them. They can’t always just assume that the employer will look after them or that the State will look after them.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Skillset and match (Cedefop’s magazine promoting learning for work) – September 2017 issue 11 | Cedefop

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