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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.

Global Human Capital Report 2017 - Preparing people for the future of work

The World Economic Forum Report rates countries on how they maximize the population’s education and skills.

ILO: World Employment and Social Outlook 2017 - Sustainable enterprises and jobs

This report provides figures and analysis on small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), in particular, focusing on job creation in SMEs over the last two decades. It also looks at how investing in workers and innovation in these enterprises while boosting trade and social dialogue can stem rising global unemployment.

World Bank: The World Development Report 2018

The report - Learning to Realize Education’s Promise - is the first ever devoted entirely to education. It argues that without learning, education will fail to deliver on its promise to eliminate extreme poverty and create shared opportunity and prosperity for all.

What's new

UNESCO Digital Skills for Life Whats new
  • UNESCO: Digital skills for life and work

    The report highlights the emergence of a new global skills gap where gender, class, geography and age can have a huge impact on whether a person is able to harness new technologies or not.

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  • Are young people overskilled or underskilled? (Blog)

    This blog by Paul Comyn, ILO Senior Vocational Skills and Development Specialist and Drew Gardiner, Youth Employment Specialist addresses the theme of jobs and skills mismatches - one of several topics to be discussed at key events organized under the World Skills Competition 2017, taking place in Abu Dhabi, UAE from 15-18 October. 

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Focus on

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Events see all events

7 December 2017 , Brussels, Belgium

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

27 November 2017 to 1 December 2017 , Turin, Italy

This course aims to improve the management of training centres, responding to the needs of the labour market, while maximizing int...

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...

30 October 2017 to 3 November 2017 , Turin, Italy

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...

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

Which of the following would you identify with most ?

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?

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