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This page will be regularly updated with reports issued by the Project as well as external documents and media which highlight the relevance of the issues addressed by the Effective Education for Employment Project.

Effective Education for Employment Reports

Effective Education for Employment: A Global Perspective

The Effective Education for Employment project is inspired by convincing evidence that:

  • The skills race is real and human capital is the key to economic success
  • Education is key to winning the race but current education systems are typically failing
  • While there are local characteristics, the problems we face are global.

During the first 18 months of the project, we engaged with leading thinkers, practitioners, employers, employees and learners from across the globe to support our assertion. This report is the culmination of our first phase of work.

Click the icon below to download the report, or click here for a Spanish language version.

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Effective Education for Employment: Poland

The Polish economy showed remarkable resilience in becoming the only EU country to avoid recession in 2009. However, the transition begun in 1989 from a centrally planned to a largely market driven economy has created many challenges and political, social and economic. The EEE team interviewed a range of stakeholders to get a better grasp on how these challenges are being met.

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Download report summaries for:

Interview series & workshop (Polishversion)

Anna Świebocka-Nerkowska- Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) (Polishversion)

Dr Malgorzata Bonikowska- Centre for Human Resources Development (Polishversion)

Marlena Falkowska - Centre for Education Development (Polish version)

Sylwia Waśniewska - Ministry of Economy (Polishversion)

Witold Wozniak - National Centre for the Support of Vocational and Continuing Education (KOWEZiU) (Polish version)

Witold Jurek - Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MNiSW) (Polish version)


Effective Education for Employment: Spain

In Spain education is considered key to building the human capital that will make Spain a competitive player in an
ever more uncertain global marketplace where despite a high number of qualified graduates and high unemployment, competition for good people remains fierce. The EEE team interviewed a range of stakeholders to get a better grasp on how these challenges are being met.

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Interview series & workshop (Spanish version)

Isabel Cousa Tapia - Council of the Community of Madrid (Spanish version)

Javier Berriatúa Calderón and Carolina Arribas García- Indra (Spanishversion)

Juan Carlos del Mazo Blazquez - Escuela de Hostelería Y Turismo (Spanish version)


Effective Education for Employment: Netherlands

For a small country with a population of 17 million people, it is remarkable that the Netherlands is often cited as one of
the world's 10 leading exporting countries with the 7th largest banking sector in the world. Educational stakeholders in the Netherlands are involved in a continuous proces of rationalizing education with employment and defining the new ways of learning. The EEE team interviewed a range of stakeholders to get a better grasp on how these challenges are being met.

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Interview series & workshop

Björn Olthof - Hilton Hotels

Matthijs Leendertse- TNO Information and Communication Technology

Rob van Wezel and Pasqualino Mare - Kenniscentrum Handel (KCH)


External Reports

Labour's school system has failed businesses like ours, says Tesco boss

Source: Guardian Online (2009)
Summary: Terry Leahy boss of Britain's largest private employer, Tesco, is deeply concerned that the education system is failing business and that it is left to employers "to pick up the pieces". He has pointed the finger at Gordon Brown and is also concerned with the level of bureaucracy in schools which he feels is harming teachers' ability to teach.

Missed by the Boom, Hurt by the Bust: Making markets work for young people in the Middle East

Source: Middle East Youth Initiative (2009)
Summary: Over the period 2002-2008, Middle Eastern countries invested 5 percent of their gross domestic product (GDP) in education - a stark contrast to East Asia and Latin America's 3 percent. The region's education systems, however, are proving unsuccessful in creating greater social equity, as individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds have low enrollment, 2007 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) examinations remain below average, and graduates are left unprepared for the increasingly competitive labor market.