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Conference hears about Slovenia's employment challenges


Gurria first presented the conclusions of the OECD's report on effective local strategies to boost job creation, employment and participation. The report shows a need in Slovenia for training programmes to be tailored to the needs of the local labour market, Gurria said.

The employer must be able to use an employee's skillset, as this increases productivity and raises quality. This is why more targeted training programmes must be implemented, as constant employee training should be in every company's interest in order to make it "a university in itself".

Gurria also touched upon the 2017 Economic Survey of Slovenia, which Gurria presented with Finance Minister Mateja Vraničar Erman. He commended Slovenia on its economic growth outlook, which the OECD projects at 4.5% for this year, and on its decreasing unemployment rate.

He said, however, that the country's productivity was at a very low level compared to other OECD countries and it was showing no sign of increasing to be able to catch up. He also said that youth unemployment was higher than average at 15.3% in 2016.

He believed it contradictory that a quarter of employers had difficulties finding employees with adequate skills, which is why it was important to coordinate employees' skillsets with labour market needs.

Labour Minister Anja Kopač Mrak agreed with Gurria on the issue of raising productivity. She said productivity was closely related to investment in technology, which is a challenge to employers. It is thus important that small companies and SMEs are aware of the importance of investing in human capital.

She said that overall, Slovenia's main challenge was to enter the labour market with a highly skilled workforce by using the concept of lifelong learning. This will make Slovenia an innovative country, she said.


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