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Developed countries need to “urgently” boost adult training and education programs to deal with future mass job upheaval brought on by automation, recommends an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report.

One in seven jobs is at risk of being fully automated while another 30 percent will likely be overhauled, the OECD analysis finds.

But only 40 percent of workers in the jobs most at risk receive training, far less than the 59 percent of those with jobs at low risk, it finds.

 
     

   
     
 

Lack of motivation is a problem, with half of adults not wanting training. Eleven percent want to train but lack time, money, or support from their employer.

Greece, Japan, and Slovakia performed poorly in most areas, but there was still plenty of room for improvement in betterperforming countries such as Norway and Denmark.

The report recommends countries promote the benefits of adult learning and target training in areas where jobs are most likely to become obsolete in the future.

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