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Skills Summit Bergen 2016 (29-30 June 2016)

Language: EN

The Skills Summit 2016 provided Ministers with an opportunity Skills are central to countries’ ability to respond to the economic and social challenges of today and tomorrow. Countries are grappling with a number of complex and interrelated challenges that have important implications for productivity, innovation and social inclusion. Meeting these multifaceted challenges requires a renewed focus on skills and human capital. Yet many countries are failing to realise the full benefits of their investments. Maximising the impact of skills investments requires that all relevant actors work together to develop and implement coherent policies that support the: 1) Development of relevant skills; 2) Activation of skills in the labour market; and 3) Putting skills to effective use in workplaces and discuss how they can work together across their various portfolios to deliver better skills outcomes for their countries and boost productivity, innovation and social inclusion.

This unique international meeting convened 26 Ministers representing 15 countries and the European Commission with responsibility for a range of skills-relevant portfolios, including education, employment, economic development, regional policy and government co-ordination. Representatives from the OECD’s institutional partners: the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) and the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) also attended.

Drawing on this wide range of perspectives, and key insights from the OECD's work with 10 countries on building effective national skills strategies, The Skills Summit 2016 provided Ministers with an opportunity to discuss the benefits and challenges of building effective whole-of-government and whole-of-society skills strategies. The Skills Summit was conducted as a ministerial “retreat” to foster free and frank exchange of ideas, the highlights of which are published in the Chair’s Summary available in the documentation section of this website.

Ministers welcomed the Skills Summit as a valuable opportunity for policy dialogue, provided by the Norwegian Government and the OECD, and looked forward to strengthening international cooperation to identify the key success factors for developing national skills strategies to drive productivity, innovation and inclusion.

For more information and documentation, see

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