Without robust, high-quality and relevant adult learning and education programmes, we are in danger of neglecting our workforce and reducing the chances of a sustainable future, argues Paul Comyn of the International Labour Organization.
Adult learning and
education (ALE) serves multiple
purposes in many different local and national community contexts, one of which
is to support adults to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will
enable them to look for and find work, either in paid employment or through
other livelihoods. Employability is a key concept that underpins the work of
the International Labour Organization (ILO), which it defines
as the ‘portable competencies and qualifications that enhance an individual’s
capacity to make use of the education and training opportunities available in
order to secure and retain decent work, to progress within the enterprise and
between jobs, and to cope with changing technology and labour market conditions.’
Transnational migration is changing the demography of receiving societies, driving the issue to the top of the policy agenda. Yet, despite their profound vulnerability and the economic potential they represent, migrants are still routinely denied access to the lifelong learning opportunities they need, writes Shibao Guo of University of Calgary
As globalization intensifies, migration has been adopted as a strategy by many to compete for the most talented, skillful and resourceful in order to help build a knowledge-based economy, ameliorate labour shortages, and mitigate the effects of an ageing population. As such, migration has risen to the top of the political agenda of many countries that are involved in this process as a source, transit or destination country, or all three simultaneously. Unlike earlier forms of migration which tend to be unidirectional, the contemporary mobility of migrants is conceptualised as multiple and circular occurring across transnational spaces.
of its transient nature, it is almost impossible to know exactly how many transnational
migrants there are around the world. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs estimated that, in 2020, about
281 million people, or 4 per cent of the world’s population, lived outside
their countries of birth, up from 173 million in 2000. In addition, the world’s refugees and asylum
seekers have doubled in number from 17 to 34 million over the past two decades. Continue reading →
Investing in lifelong learning and strengthening it against future shocks is essential to enabling people and societies to adapt to the changing world of work, writes Francesca Borgonovi of the OECD Centre for Skills
The COVID-19 pandemic is the worst health
crisis in a century. It has caused deep shocks and scars in economies and societies
throughout the world. The pandemic continues to cause major difficulties for
businesses and to challenge individuals around the world, creating disruptions
to trade and labour shortages at a time of increased energy prices. At the same
time, the recovery plans that many countries put in place to heal the scars of
the pandemic could now be threatened by the war in Ukraine, the associated geopolitical
instability and its consequences for the global economy.
Now, more than ever, it is important to
invest in lifelong learning to ensure that individuals and societies will be
able to navigate and integrate into a rapidly changing world of work. Learning
from the past two years is critical to strengthening the resilience of lifelong
learning systems to future and ongoing shocks.