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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.

ILO: World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2020

This ILO report provides an overview of global and regional trends in employment, unemployment, labour force participation and productivity.

Skills for a greener future: a global view - Full report

The report presents an expanded qualitative analysis with evidence of good practice in developed and developing countries of all income levels and quantitative estimates of occupational skills needs in two policy scenarios by 2030.

Decent Work for Rural Youth

Part of the ILO portfolio of policy guidance notes on the promotion of Decent Work in the rural economy. Policy guidance notes illustrate the ILO’s holistic approach to promoting decent work in the rural economy and brings together the broad range of instruments and tools developed over the past years.

What's new

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  • Apprenticeships for Adults

    This report confirms that adults increasingly participate in apprenticeship training thanks to policy intervantions and measures that have removed barriers.

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Events see all events

30 Mar 2020 to 3 Apr 2020 , Turin, Italy

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

9 Mar 2020 to 13 Mar 2020 , Turin, Italy

Application deadline for course: 9 March 2020.

Further details to follow....

29 Jan 2020 , ILO Headquarters, Geneva

The first challenge call aims to recognize and support the development of solutions to address the different forms and dimensions ...

28 Nov 2019 to 28 Nov 2019 , Thessaloniki, Greece

The workshop will build on and explore the interim findings of the Cedefop project 'Comparing vocational education and training qu...

26 Nov 2019 to 26 Nov 2019 , Helsinki, Finland

Eurofound, in cooperation with the Finnish Ministries of Economic Affairs and Employment and Social Affairs and Health as well as ...

25 Nov 2019 to 29 Nov 2019 , Turin, Italy

The Employment Policy Department and ITCILO are organizing the third edition of the Global Knowledge Sharing Forum on Transition t...

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.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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Why do skills matter

Why do skills matter

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