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Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Designing Local Skills Strategies: (Complete Edition ‐ ISBN 9789264066649)

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Higher‐level skills are increasingly demanded by the knowledge‐based economy. But with rising mobility and demographic change, it is no longer so simple to invest in a skilled workforce for the future. Actions are needed on a variety of fronts, including attracting and retaining talent, better integrating disadvantaged groups into the labour force, and upgrading the skills of low‐paid workers. Much of the responsibility for these actions falls squarely on the shoulders of local policy makers.

Drawing from a wide array of case studies, this book analyses best‐practice local strategies for increasing workforce skills. And it also takes a close look at the opportunities and challenges presented by international migration. The in‐depth case studies in this report range from Shanghai's "Highland of Talent Strategy" to new "career ladders" which help immigrants escape low‐skilled, low‐paid employment in New York. National and local‐level recommendations on local skills development are provided, for both OECD and non‐OECD countries.

Executive Summary


Chapter 1. Local Strategies for Developing Workforce Skills

‐Why tackle skills at the local level?

‐Three aspects of developing a balanced local skills strategy

‐Two examples of balanced strategies: Shanghai and Michigan

‐Obstacles to a balanced approach

‐Conclusions and recommendations


Chapter 2. Addressing the Loss of Skills to International Migration

‐The problems and opportunities posed by migration

‐Local strategies for the management of migration processes

‐Conclusions and recommendations



Chapter 3. The Shanghai "Highland of Talent" Strategy


‐Skills strategies in Shanghai

‐Attraction and retention of talent

‐Upgrading the skills of the current labour force

‐Integrating hard‐to‐reach groups into the skills development system

‐Implementation and allocation of tasks to different stakeholders



‐Annex 3.A1. Shanghai Data Summary

Chapter 4. Michigan Regional Skills Alliances: A Statewide Initiative to Address Local Workforce Needs


‐Profile of Michigan's economy

‐Development of the Michigan regional skills alliance initiative

‐Overview of the 13 selected MiRSAs

‐Governance issues

‐Outcomes and value added


Chapter 5. The Choctaw Tribe of Mississippi: Managing Skills For Workforce Transformation


‐The context: rapid economic change

‐Designing effective strategies

‐The implementation framework

‐Performance management and evaluation tools

‐Collaboration and regional co‐operation




Chapter 6. Addressing Skills Shortfalls in Mackay, Australia


‐The national context

‐The State of Queensland and the skills plan

‐The Mackay Region

‐Strategies for tackling skills shortages and skills strategies in Mackay



‐Annex 6.A1. The Australian Skills Context: Background Information

Chapter 7. From Crane to Torso: Local Skill Strategies in the City Of Malmö


‐The key axes of the strategy

‐Impacts: the changing local context



Chapter 8. New York City Career Pathways: Skills Strategies for Low‐paid Immigrants


‐Assessing the local context

‐The focus of the study

‐Designing effective career pathways

‐The pathway development process

‐Future plans



‐Annex 8.A1. Overview of the Cuny Career Pathway Programmes

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Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2009-11-01

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