Learning and training for work in the knowledge society. Report 91 IV (1)

Explores contemporary trends in human resources development and training. Examines the shift towards economies and societies that increasingly rely on human knowledge and skills in producing goods and services and reviews the new objectives of education and training. Investigates reforms in education and training systems and examines policies and practices that encourage more and better training opportunities for employed and unemployed workers and those with special needs. Looks at international cooperation and donor policies in this area.

Education and training have taken on new significance in today’s integrating world economy, with the need to enhance productivity and competitiveness. This definitive report sheds light on this shift towards societies that increasingly rely on human knowledge and skills to produce goods and services, and secure decent work for everyone.

The book gives an extensive overview of the five major principles underlying contemporary human resources development and training policies, laws and practices. It also reviews the reforms currently under way in various countries that encourage more and better learning and training opportunities for employed and unemployed workers, as well as those with special needs. International cooperation and donor policies in the area of human resources development are also explored, providing a balanced overall picture of the state of learning and training in the world today.