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The Future of Work in the Caribbean: What do we know? What do we need to know?

4 December 2017,
Institute of Critical Thinking

Introduction and rationale

The ILO and its Members have decided to implement a Future of Work Initiative that will culminate at the centennial International Labour Conference in 2019. The rationale behind the Future of Work Initiative is to reflect on the transformational changes taking place in the world of work, to understand the processes of change and to respond effectively so as to advance the shared commitment to decent work for all as reflected in the global 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and ILO’s mandate of social justice.

Against this backdrop, the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean together with the ILO Research Department, in partnership with the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES ) at the University of West Indies, are interested in determining the current knowledge on selected key themes - as well as research orientation in the region for the near future - with the ultimate goal of determining research gaps and address them in the most suitable way.


This consultation on the Future of Work in the Caribbean would further inform on a related and relevant research agenda. A report on the findings will contribute towards the ILO global Initiative, including a constituent meeting to be convened by the ILO in 2018. Further research initiatives would be targeted to ILO constituents (government, employers and workers) in the Caribbean. This also responds to the Conclusions of the 10th ILO Meeting of Caribbean Ministers of Labour in February 2017, to mainstream decent work in national development plans; linking research with policy making.

For additional background information on this event in addition to the Meeting Programme, click on the link below.

European Vocational Skills Week

20 November 2017,   a   27 November 2017
Brussels, Belgium

Decent work for youth: A course for policy-makers and practitioners

30 October 2017,   a   3 November 2017
Turin, Italy

Over the past decades, growing youth employment challenges in all countries have made the creation of more and better jobs for young people a top priority worldwide. Unless vigorous action is taken, global community may confront the legacy of a lost generation. Overcoming the youth employment crisis is fundamental to the evolution towards wealthier economies, fairer societies and stronger democracies.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development reiterates the internationally-agreed target of full and productive employment and decent work for young people. Despite some progress, effectively implementing a successful approach to youth employment remains a challenge. In this context, ILO is confronted with an increasing demand from member countries for assistance.

The ILO adopted in 2012 the Resolution 'The youth employment crisis: A Call for Action' which contains principles and a set of policy measures guiding constituents in shaping national strategies and action on youth employment. The Call for Action suggests that a multi-pronged and balanced approach that takes into consideration the diversity of countries is the desired way to respond to the highest global priority of generating decent jobs for youth. This approach should foster pro-employment growth and decent job creation through economic policies; education, training and skills; labour market policies and institutions; entrepreneurship and self-employment; and respect of rights at work for young people.

As part of a larger ILO response to the requests from governments and social partners, the ILO’s Youth Employment Programme and the ITCILO are offering the course 'Decent Work for Youth – A course for policy makers and practitioners'. The course draws on ILO’s extensive experience accumulated through decades of research, capacity building and policy and technical advisory services on youth employment. This year’s edition, without neglecting the importance of appropriate action throughout the policy cycle, will focus on the challenge of successful implementation of policies that support the creation of more and better jobs for young women and men.

Learning objectives:

The overall objective of the course is to develop the capacity of ILO constituents and other policy makers and practitioners to tackle the multi-faceted youth employment challenge through sound youth employment policies and programmes adapted to national circumstances.

ITC/ILO Financing skills development

16 October 2017,   a   20 October 2017
Torino, Italia

This workshop is designed to provide information and allow the sharing of good practice regarding existing mechanisms for financing training and the necessary conditions for acquiring appropriate funding for skills development. It provides opportunities for South-South dialogue and for international agencies to share lessons learnt and new ideas. It adopts an exhaustive approach to financial initiatives.

Directors of public and private training institutions; representatives of national and sectoral training funds; representatives of employers'/ workers' organizations active in TVET; representatives of ministries of labour and education (when dealing with technical education); representatives of ministries of finance. A gender-balanced participation is sought.

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