Skills and the Future of Work: Strategies for Inclusive Growth in Asia and the Pacific

Future skills strategies for inclusive growth

  1. To realize inclusive growth, our efforts for skills development of the workforce must have an impact on creating better employment and stronger business

    Asia and the Pacific is a vast and diverse region that is undergoing rapid and significant change in its economies and the work that people do. By connecting the themes of “skills”, “the future of work” and “inclusive growth”, the book pushes the boundaries beyond the conventional areas of policy discussion. It examines how skills policy can be relevant not only to the rapidly changing world of work but also to the need for social inclusion. While continuous effort is needed to strengthen the system of skills provision, the book highlights the need for a future strategy to address not only “what skills” and “who gets access to training” but also whether and how these skills are having an impact on creating better employment and business outcomes. This requires greater appreciation of the demand side of skills and addressing skills issues in the context of, or in conjunction with, the evolving context of work.

What skills are most needed for the future of work?

Chapters in the publication

  1. INTRODUCTION: Building an inclusive future through skills development: An Agenda for Asia and the Pacific

  2. SECTION I: Recognizing New Business Environment For Skills And Inclusive Growth

    1. Business Model, Skills Intensity and Job Quality for Inclusive Society
    2. Network-based Business Models and Employment Adjustments: Implications for Skills in Japan
    3. Skills Development for Economic and Social Upgrading: the Case of Asian Developing Countries in the Global Value Chains

  3. SECTION II: Responding To Future Demographic Shifts: Aging Societies And Youth Aspiration

    1. Holistic Framework for Harnessing an Ageing Workforce: Singapore
    2. Increasing young people’s adaptability and mobility: From competency approach and twenty-first-century skills to capabilities and vocational streams
    3. Revisiting Apprenticeships as a Response to Persistent and Growing Youth Employment

  4. SECTION III: Technological Change And Its Impacts On Jobs And Skills For The Future

    1. Creative Destruction? Technological Progress, Employment Growth, and Future Skills in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam
    2. New Forms of Business and Increased Non-regular Forms of Employment: Opportunity and Challenge for Skills for Inclusion and Innovation in the Republic of Korea
    3. Technology-enhanced TVET Delivery for Improving Access, Relevance and Inclusion in Asia and the Pacific
    4. Achieving Gender Equality, Job Quality and Diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fields

  5. SECTION IV: Meeting Recurrent Challenges Of The Labour Market: Skill Mismatch, Informality And Rural Economy

    1. Problem of Skills Mismatch in Asia and the Pacific: How Useful are the Existing Measurement for Future Skills Strategies?
    2. From the Informal to the Formal Economy: Skills Initiatives in India
    3. Rethinking Skills for the Rural Economy in Asia and the Pacific

  6. SECTION V: Enabling Job Opportunities Towards Environmentally Sustainable Economies And Green Growth

    1. Towards Inclusive Growth through Green Jobs, Skills and Entrepreneurship: A Pacific Perspective
    2. Transition towards a Green Economy: Enterprise Restructuring, Skills and Job Resettlement in China for Continued Employability