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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.

African Economic Outlook 2017

This edition of the report examines entrepreneurship and industrialisation in Africa. It proposes practical steps that African governments can take to carry out effective industrialisation strategies. Policies aimed at improving skills, business clusters and financing could remove important constraints on African private enterprises.

The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2017

The report reviews progress made towards the 17 Goals in the second year of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Joint OECD-ILO report: Engaging employers in apprenticeship opportunities

Explores implementation examples of employer engagement in apprenticeship programmes through nine case studies.

What's new

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  • Investing in skills for inclusive trade

    The joint ILO and WTO study shows that boosting core work, technical and management skills can help countries and businesses meet the challenges of an ever more competitive global economy by reducing costs and improving quality of products

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20 November 2017 to 27 November 2017 , Brussels, Belgium

The European Commission organizes the second European Vocational Skills Week to promote work-based learning, traineeships, apprent...

16 October 2017 to 20 October 2017 , Torino, Italia

Deadline for application: 8 September, 2017...

16 October 2017 to 17 October 2017 , ADNEC Abu Dhabi, UAE

The Conference provides a forum where you can help shape the global skills agenda, with other leading figures from industry, gover...

15 October 2017 to 18 October 2017 , Global

Young people from 77 member countries and regions will meet in Abu Dhabi to compete in 51 skill competitions. From 15-18 October....

18 September 2017 to 29 September 2017 , Turin, Italy

Deadline for application: 07 July 2017...

28 August 2017 to 30 August 2017 , Bangkok, Thailand

Why does this gender gap exist and how can it be addressed? The UNESCO Forum will provide platform for debate and hands-on learni...

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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  • 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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