On 29-30 June 26 Ministers and senior government officials from 15 countries representing a wide range of sectors, including education, employment, trade, economy, and local government, met in Bergen, Norway, for the Skills Summit 2016. Participants at the Skills Summit shared the difficulties they face in trying to give priority to skills policy in their already busy national policy agendas.
The OECD Centre for Skills was launched at the summit, whose task is to support countries in developing and implementing better skills policies based on a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach by using the OECD Skills Strategy framework.
Evidence from many sources, including the Survey of Adult Skills revealed that skills are important not only to people’s economic but also social success. One of the main challenges though will be to equip people with skills today for jobs that may not exist yet, and to teach them solve problems that may not have been identified yet.
Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, Summit Chair and Minister of Education and Research of Norway, said: “To reap future opportunities and respond to emerging challenges, our countries’ skills systems must become more effective and resilient. They must be responsive to the needs of people, firms and governments by integrating policies relating to education, labour markets, the economy, finance, health, migration and regional development.”
Participants left the summit with renewed determination to prepare their countries for the skills challenges that lie ahead.
Source: Skills Summit 2016