Nordic countries are renowned for their strong performance in education and longstanding tradition of fostering adult education. Yet they too face the challenge of ensuring that people’s skills meet rapidly changing labour market demands, particularly among low-skilled adults.

A seminar on “OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC): a foundation for reform?” held on 22 October 2012 brought together experts from governments and academia from over 10 countries to review recent experience with skills policies in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Participants also explored how the forthcoming OECD Survey of Adult Skills, developed by the OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Skills (PIAAC), could provide new impetus for strengthening national skills systems in Nordic countries.