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The NEWSKILLS project uses econometric and other social science investigative techniques to document and analyse supply and demand factors affecting the group without further education and training (ISCED 0-2) on European labour markets. Consultation with social partner representatives, policy analysis and field work in firms was then added to the scientific analysis to develop conclusions about future policy to address the challenge of the group at risk from low skills. Population proportions in the ISCED 0-2 group were found to vary widely between European countries studied (France, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden and the UK). In every country the attainments of the group were more heterogeneous than for the higher ISCED levels and in all countries except Portugal around half were in employment. In all countries the proportion in the at risk group (ISCED 0-2) declined over the decade 1985-1995 but rates of growth varied between countries. Those with the largest at risk groups had below average growth in skills. This decline was predominantly the result of more young people receiving further education and training; adult upgrading from ISCED 0-2 remained the exception.

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