Canada. What You Don't Know Can't Help You: Lessons of Behavioural Economics for Tax-Based Student Aid
Postsecondary tax credits cost the federal and provincial governments billions of dollars each year, but are not distributed equitably and may have no proven effect in boosting enrolment. The author finds flaws in the design of postsecondary tax credits and recommends they be better-targeted at low-income families that need them most.
Tags : 2014 April Newsletter; Analysis; Canada; In English; Report; Source: C.D. Howe Institute; Students - loans/debts;
Canada. The Main Challenge of Our Times: A Population Growing Younger
The real demographic challenge for Canadian policymakers is adapting to a population growing “younger,” after taking increased life expectancies into account. In the report, the authors propose an alternative approach to population aging, which measures years to live instead of years since birth. Since 1950, Canadian life expectancy, on average, has increased. For example, a 65-year-old in 2010 had the same life expectancy as a 59.5 year-old in 1950. “Canadians are experiencing increases in longevity and are willing to work longer than previous cohorts” . “Public policy should aim to provide Canadians with the instruments to better manage retirement decisions.”
Tags : 2014 April Newsletter; Ageing workforce; Analysis - trends; Canada; In English; Report; Source: C.D. Howe Institute; Trend - analysis; Workforce - ageing;
Germany. VET Data Report Germany 2011: data report
The Data Report presents the current situation in initial vocational training and in continuing vocational training as well as highlighting the main trends. The thematic focus is the permeability between Vocational Education and Training and Higher Education. This issue is also addressed in a chapter comparing the German situation to the situation in other European countries.
Tags : 2014 April Newsletter; Analysis - comparative; Annual report 2011; Education - higher; Europe; Germany; In English; Indicators; Source: BIBB - Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training; Statistics; Trend - analysis; VET - vocational education and training;
Ireland. Monitoring Ireland's Skills Supply: Trends in Education and Training Outputs 2013
The reports estimates that over a million movements of individuals between employment, unemployment and inactivity took place in 2012, including frequent changes of both occupations and employers right across the skills levels. This points to the flexibility of the Irish labour market and opportunities for job seekers, but also to the difficulties facing lower skilled people in securing sustainable employment.
Tags : 2014 April Newsletter; Analysis - trends; Analysis - workforce; Annual report 2012; In English; Ireland; Source: EGFSN - Expert Group on Future Skills Needs; Trend - analysis; Workforce - analysis;
UK. A Good Practice Guide for Placement and Other Work-Based Learning Opportunities in Higher Education - Good Practice for Placements Guides
The Higher Education Institution (HEI) needs to provide academic and administrative support for the student to optimise the preparations for and implementation of the placement experience. These guidelines are designed as a basis for development of more-specific procedures to be developed by course teams, and appropriate to the period of work-based learning.
Tags : 2014 April Newsletter; Document; Education - higher; Guidelines; Higher education; In English; School-to-work transition; Source: ASET - The Work-Based and Placement Learning Association; United Kingdom;
Commonwealth of Independent States. Promotion of the use of information and communication technologies in technical and vocational education and training in CIS countries: analytical report
This analytical report presents the results of a comparative study on current situation and main tendencies in ICT use in TVET in CIS countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Besides, the report includes recommendations on further development and improvement of the use of modern ICTs in TVET.
Tags : 2014 April Newsletter; Analysis - comparative; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Belarus; Comparative analysis; Field: ICT; ICT - Information technologies; In English; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Moldova; Russian Federation; Source: UNESCO; Tajikistan; Target group: CIS countries - Commonwealth of Independent States; Ukraine; Uzbekistan; VET - vocational education and training;
The Value of Intercultural Skills in the Workplace
A survey conducted of HR managers at 367 large employers in nine countries: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Jordan, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States (US).
Related report. Culture at Work: The value of intercultural skills in the workplace
The research shows that there is real business value in employing staff who have the ability to work effectively with individuals and organisations from cultural backgrounds different from their own.
Tags : 2014 April Newsletter; Analysis - comparative; Article; Brazil; China; Comparative analysis; In English; India; Intercultural skills; Jordan; Report; Skills - intercultural; Source: British Council; Source: Cultural Detective Blog; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom; United States of America; Workplace;
The impact of vocational education and training on company performance
The aim of this study was to summarise the evidence available on the economic benefits of vocational education and training (VET) at company level, by means of a literature review and meta-analysis. Throughout the study the term VET is used to denote employer/enterprise provided training.
Tags : 2014 April Newsletter; In English; Research paper; Return on investment (ROI); ROI - Return on investment; Source: Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training; Training - workforce; VET - vocational education and training; Workplace - training;