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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.

Video highlights: Inter-regional Forum on Skills for Trade, Employability and Inclusive Growth

Presents highlights of the Forum held from 30-31 May 2017 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The event aimed at sharing knowledge and lessons learned from implementing the ILO Skills for Trade and Economic Diversification (STED) programme and applying the G20 Training Strategy.

World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends for women 2017

This ILO report provides a portrait of the situation of women in the world of work today and their progress over the past 20 years.

OECD Skills Outlook 2017: Skills and Global Value Chains

The publication shows how countries can make the most of global value chains, socially and economically, by investing in the skills of their populations.

What's new

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Cvr Africa’s youth employment challenge: New perspectives (IDS Bulletin)
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  • The Torino Process: 2016 - 2017 round

     A participatory analytical review of vocational education and training reform progress that is carried out every two years by the Europrean Training Foundation (ETF) partner countries.

Key resources

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Events see all events

14 October 2017 to 19 October 2017 , Global

Young people from 77 member countries and regions will meet in Abu Dhabi to compete in 51 skill competitions. From 14-19 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...

4 July 2017 , Geneva/WTO Headquarters, Rm W

This publication, co-published by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Labour Office (ILO), builds on previous...

30 June 2017 , Global

UNESCO-UNEVOC invite young amateur or professional photographers to contribute and use their skills in capturing pictures that not...

15 June 2017 to 16 June 2017 , Thessaloniki, Greece

The aim of the forum is to inform approaches to VET and skills matching within activation measures that target the long-term unemp...

Portals and other resources

  • 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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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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  • Media
  • Education/training
  • Employers’ organization/business
  • Not for profit
  • Research
  • Workers’ organization
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