Boosting skills for all in the Netherlands

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Author: Kierzenkowski, Rafal; Paciorek, Aleksandra; Fulop, Gabor


Strong and adequate skills are essential to support workers' productivity and to ensure robust employment outcomes. Developing workers' skills would also increase their personal satisfaction and wages, contributing in making growth more inclusive. This paper provides a snapshot of skills in the Netherlands and looks at the expected trends in occupations and qualifications and the incidence of labour market mismatches. It examines the development of skills at school, the more effective use of skills at work, and the acquisition of skills through work. The authors note that the Netherlands...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Outcomes; Employment; Providers of education and training; Equity

Keywords: Promotion of employment; Employability; Trend; Skill development; Skill needs; Basic skill; Generic skills; Skill upgrading; Education work relationship; Institutional role; Transition from education and training to employment

Geographic subjects: Netherlands; Europe

Published: Paris, France: OECD, 2016

Physical description: 33 p.

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ISSN: 1815-1973 (online)

This working paper relates to the 2016 OECD Economic Survey of the Netherlands, which may be found at:

Resource type: Working paper

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Call number: TD/TNC 125.168

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