Stepping up skills for more jobs and higher productivity

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This paper argues that, as countries become richer and move up the value-added chain, the skills demanded will change. Bottlenecks will become more evident, constraining growth. Increasingly, labour productivity will depend on high-level cognitive skills (such as analysis, problem solving, and communication) and behavioural skills (such as discipline and work effort). The authors propose that these higher productivity skills are what employers now demand. The paper presents a simple conceptual framework - Skills Toward Employment and Productivity (STEP) - to assist in the design of...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Employment; Performance; Management; Policy

Keywords: Skill needs; Employability; Productivity; Strategic planning; Planning of education and training; Policy formation; Promotion of employment

Published: Washington, District of Columbia: World Bank, 2010

Physical description: 31 p.

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Statement of responsibility: Arup Banerji, Wendy Cunningham, Ariel Fiszbein, Elizabeth King, Harry Patrinos, David Robalino, and Jee-Peng Tan

Resource type: Paper

Call number: TD/TNC 115.1547

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