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Attitudes toward Apprenticeships in UK – They are becoming more positive but their number still decreases

Despite the number of new apprentices starts in Britain falling last year, new research released from leading business and financial adviser Grant Thornton UK LLP, ahead of National Apprenticeship Week (5-9 March), finds that attitudes towards apprenticeship programmes are becoming more positive. According to provisional government statistics released in February 2018*, apprenticeship starts for the … Continue reading

Retirement – Between 2006 and 2016, the effective labour market exit age rose from 62 to about 64 years, on average across OECD countries

Although the average retirement age in OECD countries has remained relatively stable since 1970, longer life expectancy has increased the amount of time in retirement, from an average of 13 years (for women and men) in 1970 to 20 years in 2015. This threatens the financial sustainability of pension systems. As a result, many countries … Continue reading

Attitudes Towards Digital Skills around the World – 50 percent of respondents in China and India are ready to spend between one and five hours per week of their own time on improving them

The economic world is changing with unheard of impact and speed. How do people from different continents view this development? Do they consider their country’s reaction appropriate? How important is education in this matter – both at work and outside of it? The latest study ‘The Tech Divide – Industries and Employment’ offers answers to … Continue reading

VET and Higher Education Levels – Further learning opportunities are vital for TVET graduates

In the past, few graduates of initial vocational training aspired to higher levels of education. But higher-level quali cations are now a common expectation among young people, re ecting increased ambitions, labour market demand for higher-level skills, and a need to upskill and reskill throughout life. At the same time, the perception of academic school education … Continue reading

Public Service in Canada – Should grow its interchange program to build skills and networks

The public sector should expand its interchange program with the private sector in order to diversify its employees’ networks and skill sets and, in so doing, help the public service face employment challenges and disruptive technologies. As the labour market shifts from full-time work toward short-term and part-time contracts, workers and organizations are experiencing benefits … Continue reading

Digital Credentialing – Global system to collect, connect, search and compare up-to-date information

In today’s increasingly digitized economies and societies, accessing and understanding data about learning outcomes, skills and credentials is critical to achieving the 2030 Sustainable Agenda, including Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), with its particular focus on quality and inclusive education, recognizing and offering lifelong learning opportunities for all. In this context, different stakeholders have different needs: … Continue reading

Preparing Children for the Future – The role of primary teachers and schools

This paper, commissioned by Teach First, provides evidence on the benefits of career development activities for children in the primary phase, and the range of teacher roles when delivering it. In doing so the research attempts to map what primary schools are doing to tackle the influence of socio-economic issues that affect children’s future transition … Continue reading

Skills in New Economy – Shifting to a system where skills are the core currency of the labour market

The qualifications achieved in schools, colleges and universities, the brand of an educational institution or an employer, the social networks of a potential job applicant are all signals currently used to indicate the potential fit between individuals’ capabilities and job opportunities in the labour market. This system of skills proxies contributes to negative outcomes in … Continue reading

Canada – Many workers have poor literacy skills, more than 40%, and the problem is getting worse

Workplaces are changing quickly. Machines or algorithms are replacing some tasks, and new and changing jobs require additional technical skills. To keep pace with these changes in current and future jobs, the ability to keep learning is the most important basic skill for any job. Because literacy is the most important “learning to learn skill,” … Continue reading

Labour Market Dynamics in Canada – Each month, 6.2% of the working-age population, on average, changed their labour force status

Each month, data from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) are highly anticipated because they offer a first glimpse of the general state of the labour market. The number of employed people and the unemployment rate are two indicators that attest to the popularity—and usefulness—of the survey data. However, it is less well known that behind … Continue reading

Immigrant Integration – A new vision for adapting to labor-market and demographic changes, to conceptualizing and communicating shared values

The Integration Futures Working Group, an initiative of MPI Europe, has brought together senior integration policymakers and experts, civil-society representatives, and private-sector leaders to explore new ways of thinking about and addressing integration-related challenges—from adapting to labor-market and demographic changes, to conceptualizing and communicating shared values. The most promising approaches, highlighted in this infographic, are … Continue reading

Aging Canada – The gap between the number of children and the number of seniors is growing

The gap between the number of children and the number of seniors is growing The most recent population estimates point to the continued rapid aging of the Canadian population. This trend is especially driven by fertility rates below the replacement level, which has been the situation in recent decades, and an increased life expectancy. The … Continue reading

The Future of Work – Fostering the benefits of new technologies requires good measures of their impact

The new technologies hold promises but also significant challenges. Advances in digitalization, artificial intelligence, and automation promise to raise productivity and growth, but they are also bound to reshape the economy and the way we work, with the potential to increase inequality. Given the dimension of the possible changes, it will take a comprehensive and … Continue reading

The Future of Work – A human-centred agenda needed ILO says

The ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work  has called on governments to commit to a set of measures in order to address the challenges caused by unprecedented transformational change in the world of work. Co-chaired by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, the commission outlines a vision for a … Continue reading

Integration of Immigrants in US – A toolkit for doing more with less

The sharp spike in refugee and other migrant arrivals in Europe during the 2015–16 crisis elevated immigration issues to the top of the priority list for policymakers across the European Union. Several years on, all eyes have turned to how well these newcomers are settling into Member State societies. But while integration policy now has … Continue reading

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