Vocational training and productivity

The connection between skill development and productivity growth is an issue constantly under discussion when analysing competitiveness of countries. The impact of workers’ training and educational level on the competitiveness of economies is not only noticed worldwide but also at regional and sub-regional levels. Due to their contribution to the development of skills and competencies, vocational training institutions are a source of comparative advantages to promote the growth in productivity and reflect such growth in more and better jobs. A better access to relevant vocational training enables more workers to take advantage of the benefits of technological advance and economic growth and it is an important policy tool to ensure a fair and efficient adjustment process to technological changes. This document include a selection of the case documents presented by the institutions at the technical meeting “The role of vocational training in productivity, employment and development in Latin America and the Caribbean” (Salvador, Bahia, September, 2007) and was organized by Cinterfor/ILO with the support of the ILO Skills and Employability Department “EMP/SKILLS” and sponsored by SENAI of Brazil. With the purpose of activating and managing knowledge applied to vocational training, Cinterfor/ILO has decided to promote the spread of good practices and therefore sharing knowledge regarding the role played by vocational training in the growth of productivity.

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