Skills System International Case Studies

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This paper presents five country case studies - Canada, France, Japan, the Netherlands and Sweden - to identify the key features and challenges of different international skills systems. Information is also provided on the German skills system (Annex 4) following a study visit. With the exception of Japan, each of the countries profiled has higher levels of productivity than the UK. The report has been designed to identify successful aspects of the different systems and provide policy learning relevant to the United Kingdom. The skills systems profiled differ from the UK in a number of key aspects. Firstly, they
have experienced less flux in their skills system. Secondly, almost all have stronger employment legislation than the UK. Thirdly, many of the countries’ skills systems involve a greater role for social partners (employer representative and employee representative organisations) than exists in the UK. Key strengths of the skills systems profiled relate to flexibility of provision, the role of
social partners and business engagement with training, and the value placed on Vocational Education and Training (VET) within society.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBirmingham
PublisherCity-REDI, University of Birmingham
Number of pages75
ISBN (Print)9780704429666
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020


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