Skills, Productivity and Employment Growth: the case of Latin America

The aim of this study is to illustrate the relations between training and workers’ skills, productivity and the growth of quality employment in societies in Latin America by means of an analysis of the existing information and case studies of four different countries –Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru–. A review of the activities of institutions involved and programmes implemented raises serious questions about training systems in which the greatest investment is concentrated on better-educated workers who perform in the integrated or formal sector, while poor, unemployed young people and workers in the informal sector receive training that is more limited. It seems necessary to give continuity to programmes that may succeed in correcting orientations and responding to the above challenges.

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