ERIC Number: ED355384
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Further Education and Training of the Labour Force: New Directions for Public Policy.
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France).
A project was conducted to assess the need for further education and training (FET) of the labor force. It documented institutional arrangements, policies, and practices regarding FET; analyzed their strengths and weaknesses; and considered possible action by public authorities. The concept of FET was found to have a strong economic character and to be firmly embedded in the more encompassing concept of lifelong learning. The greater reliance on labor force skills and competencies, combined with the increasing importance of lifelong learning, called for a broad societal response. The implications were broad and affected public policy in the areas of education, employment, labor, and social affairs. A risk of "dualism" or polarization on the basis of access to FET commanded attention. A politically acceptable formula for allocating the economic costs of FET in the context of lifelong learning was examined. The financing of FET closely connected to requirements of the workplace was more straightforward; financing of FET more closely related to general lifelong learning was more problematic. Research and development would be beneficial to the smooth operation of FET markets. Public authorities had high stakes in, but little control over, FET and skill formation. Strategies were needed to achieve change in favor of the public interest. (Appendixes include Conclusions of the Chair of the Intergovernmental Conference on Further Education and Training of the Labour Force and proposals for the Work Program.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France).
Note: Developed by the Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Committee and the Education Committee, Directorate for Social Affairs, Manpower and Education.