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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.

ILO Director-General: Rethink lifelong learning

A new approach to lifelong learning is needed for the future of work, says Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Guy Ryder, in a speech to Education and Employment Ministers at a G20 ministers’ meeting held in Argentina, 6-7 September 2018.

ILO Survey Report on the National Initiatives to Promote Quality Apprenticeships in G20 Countries

This report presents the main findings of the ILO survey on national initiatives to promote quality apprenticeships in the G20 member states. It was conducted between September and December 2017 as an ILO initiative to take stock of and widely share good practices in this area.

Skills shift: Automation and the future of the workforce

This discussion paper, part of the McKinsey Global Institute's ongoing research on the impact of technology on the economy, business and society, presents new findings on the coming shift in demand for workforce skills and how work is organised within companies, as people increasingly interact with machines in the workplace.

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12 Nov 2018 to 23 Nov 2018 , Turin, Italy

The course is aimed at policy makers and advisors from ministries of labour and economy; and representatives of workers' and emplo...

5 Nov 2018 to 9 Nov 2018 , Vienna, Austria

European Vocational Skills Week 2018 is the third annual celebration of excellence in vocational education and training (VET)....

15 Oct 2018 to 18 Oct 2018 , Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Uniting for Youth: Building networks for innovative skills solutions...

15 Oct 2018 to 19 Oct 2018 , Turin, Italy

This training course will examine the methodologies, institutional arrangements and models to analyse the skills and competences n...

8 Oct 2018 to 12 Oct 2018 , Turin, Italy

This training provides participants with a range of notions, methods and tools to promote youth employment in situations of confli...

10 Sep 2018 to 21 Sep 2018 , Turin, Italy

The course organised in collaboration with the Employment Policy Department of the International Labour Office (Geneva, Switzerlan...

Portals and other resources

  • SKILLS Panorama 

    Skills Panorama, powered by CEDEFOP, turns labour market data into accurate and timely intelligence to offer new insights into skill needs in the European Union.

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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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