Low-skilled jobs are becoming more and more complex, making the upskilling of low-skilled adults crucial for employability, a new study has shown.
The Economic and social consequences of low skilled adults in the EU study focuses mainly on skills and employability but it also has some recommendations for the adult education sector.
The report was conducted by CEDEFOP (the European centre for the development of vocational training) which concludes that regardless of the situation in 10 years’ time, investing in the upskilling of low-skilled adults is crucial.
“Between 2008 and 2014 in the EU-28 the unemployment rate of adults with low levels of education increased by 7.6% reaching 17.4% in 2014 compared to an increase of 2.2% for the highly educated,” say the researchers.
The study suggests that as technologies evolve, jobs are becoming increasingly more complex and knowledge-intensive. This means that low-skilled adults have less chance of being employed.
“Many low-skilled jobs now require higher information processing skills and more demanding non-routine tasks”, says the study.
The study foresees that by 2025 the demand for low-skilled workers will decrease by 22% and that adult education is one of the most effective ways to tackle this.