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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.

World Bank: The COVID-19 pandemic: Shocks to education and policy responses

The COVID-19 pandemic has already had profound impacts on education by closing schools at all levels almost everywhere. This policy note describes the shocks hitting education systems and outlines how countries can respond to them.

ILO: Lifelong Learning in the informal economy: A literature review

This literature review aims to provide an update to current debates on how to bridge the gap for informal economy workers to access and participate in relevant and quality skills development and recognition throughout their lives.

ILO: Global Employment Trends for Youth 2020: Technology and the future of jobs

Incorporating the most recent labour market information available, this report sets out the youth labour market situation around the world.

What's new

  • WEF: COVID Action Platform

    As the international organization for public-private cooperation, the World Economic Forum is partnering with the World Health Organization to mobilize all stakeholders to protect lives and livelihoods

  • ILO: COVID-19 and the world of work

    The ILO and its constituents will play a crucial role in combating the outbreak, ensuring the safety of individuals and the sustainability of businesses and jobs.

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  • Country policy responses

    The ILO is publishing a digest of the actions taken by its member States and their social partners to lessen the impact of the pandemic on their economies and labour markets.

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Key resources

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Events see all events

9 Nov 2020 to 12 Nov 2020 , Berlin

European Vocational Skills Week is one tool that can help address some of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic facing...

13 Jul 2020 to 17 Jul 2020 , Turin, Italy

Technological advances, demographic and climate changes are driving massive and rapid changes in the labour market. Old jobs are d...

15 Jun 2020 to 30 Aug 2020 , Online (E-Campus)

Improving the labour market prospects and quality of work for those disadvantaged in the labour market is a key focus of the ILO. ...

8 Jun 2020 to 12 Jun 2020 , Turin, Italy

The course will highlight the latest guidelines developed by the ILO with regard to measuring skills mismatches, while also emphas...

1 Jun 2020 to 12 Jun 2020 , Online

This virtual conference will discuss the identification and implementation of new qualifications and competencies in curricula and...

27 May 2020 to 27 May 2020 , Online

In order to exchange insights, practical approaches and good practices, members of the UNESCO GNLC are convening a webinar organiz...

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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  • Decent Jobs for Youth knowledge facility

    The Decent Jobs for Youth knowledge facility is a digital platform of tools, publications, databases, thematic resources and more to support evidence-informed action on youth employment.

  • 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.

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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

Why do skills matter

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