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About this website

This website aims to strengthen the links between education, training, and productive and decent work. It does this through sharing knowledge, information, tools and experiences from a range of international organizations and representatives of government, and employers’ and workers’ organizations.

This website has been created through cooperation by the ILO, UNESCO, the OECD and the World Bank and in an effort to pool relevant knowledge on skills for employment.

Skill needs anticipation: Systems and approaches: Analysis of stakeholder survey on skill needs assessment and anticipation

Provides good practice examples and identifies areas for improvement in systems for anticipating skill needs.

A joint publication of the ILO, Cedefop, the ETF, and the OECD.

World Economic Forum: Readiness for the Future of Production Report 2018

The report analyses and presents the results of the first edition of the Readiness for the Future of Production Assessment, which measures how well positioned 100 countries and economies are to shape and benefit from the changing nature of production through the adoption of emerging technology.

ILO Toolkit for Quality Apprenticeships – Vol. I: Guide for Policy Makers

The toolkit provides state of the art information and guidance for the design and implementation of quality apprenticeship schemes across different contexts.

What's new

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  • E-Discussion on: Lifelong learning for the future of work, 16 to 29 March

    Invites specialists, practitioners and representatives from a range of institutions and enterprises to engage in innovative thinking about the responsibilities of government, individuals and enterprises in making choices about when and how to reskill and retrain; strategies to ensure the financing and delivery of lifelong learning; funding mechanisms, among others.

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  • Blog: Skills and the future of work 

    As major transformative changes buffet the future of work, investments in skills and training will be a key to a successful transition. This article by ILO's Srinivas B. Reddy explains what's needed to adapt to the new realities of the future.

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9 Jul 2018 to 13 Jul 2018 , Turin, Italy

This course provides insight into and practical skills for creating a conducive environment for the management of vocational train...

25 Jun 2018 to 6 Jul 2018 , UN Campus, Bonn, Germany

The Programme seeks to build the capacity of international TVET experts to become change agents in their institutions and countrie...

16 Apr 2018 to 20 Apr 2018 , Turin, Italy

This course discusses the underlying principles, general guidelines and different approaches that can assist national policy-maker...

7 Dec 2017 , Brussels, Belgium

Will bring digital skills actors together to celebrate the joint achievements of the Coalition in its first year....

4 Dec 2017 , Institute of Critical Thinking

A report on the findings will contribute towards the ILO global Initiative, including a constituent meeting to be convened by the ...

1 Dec 2017 to 30 Jan 2018 , Global

Join the UNESCO-UNEVOC online discussion around the recently developed framework called ‘Advancing Green Human Capital - A framewo...

Portals and other resources

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  • Skills for Trade and Economic Diversification

    STED provides guidance for the integration of skills development in sectoral policies. The programme is designed to support growth and decent employ­ment creation in sectors that have the potential to increase exports and contribute to economic diversification.

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  • ILO-Norway Partnership on Skills Development

    Skills development is an essential prerequisite for youth employment and sustainable development. Moreover, skills are important to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.Yet limited access...

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  • International Training Centre

    The Centre is the training arm of the International Labour Organization (ILO). It provides training in subjects that further the ILO's pursuit of decent work for all.

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Why do skills matter

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To ensure that our website continues to be user friendly, practical and delivers on the expectations envisioned by its different audiences, we’d like to know more about who you are. From the following, which would you identify with most?

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  • Education/training
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