In 2020, the SIAE published a study entitled Working Population With Low Skills (in Slovenian). Based on analyses of the results of the Survey of Adult Skills – PIAAC, the latter presents the specifics of the working population by region, type of settlement, family situation, migrant status and general health, work collaboration in terms of achievements in problem-solving skills in technology-rich environments, as well as participation in educational activities and opportunities for education in working environments. This time, in separate summaries entitled Working Population With Low Skills ‒ Summaries (in Slovenian), we again draw attention to the key findings of the original study in the shortest possible form.

Previous studies of the Survey of Adult Skills – PIAAC have already shown that individuals with the least developed skills, especially in technology-rich environments, slow down the development of the region more than individuals with the most developed skills can accelerate it (Report of the Survey of Adult Skills – PIAAC, 2016. Thematic studies, 2018 – in Slovenian). The study Working Population With Low Skills aimed to better understand and describe the working population with low skills. What is the reason that they need to be well understood?

With a closer look at the specifics of the studied group of adults, we can more reliably draw conclusions about their actual educational needs. Thus, more precise guidelines can be developed before appropriate measures to educate employees in working environments and improve their skills are prepared. The analysis provides findings that are beneficial not only for adult education but also for education in general as well as for other areas such as labour, social affairs, the economy, infrastructure and balanced regional development.

Asst Prof Dr Petra Javrh

editor of summaries and the study

Based on the study’s findings, recommendations are made that would effectively contribute to strengthening the flexibility and skills of the working population with low achievements.

Even workers who perform less demanding occupations, have lower incomes and make up the external labour market are increasingly expected to be more engaged, independent and constantly adapt to new technologies and unforeseen circumstances at work.

Working Population With Low Skills ‒ Summaries, 2021, p. 6

Dr Tina Kompare Jampani (, SIAE

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