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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.

E-Discussion: On continuing online learning and skills development in times of the COVID-19 crisis

The discussion provides a platform for sharing and discussing how to maintain learning and skills building for students and workers in times of crisis. It also aims to explore relevant and timely innovative practices in distance and online education and training.

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.

1st Skills Challenge Innovation Call: Finding solutions to skills mismatch.
New deadline: 30 April

The ILO is calling on individuals and organizations to share innovative ideas and solutions to address the skills mismatch challenge.

What's new

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  • 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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  • Towards new horizons

    This Cedefop policy brief sheds light on the importance of investments in skills and learning throughout the life for all.

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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...

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...

18 May 2020 to 22 May 2020 , Turin, Italy

In the reform of skills systems around the world, the important role of the social partners is increasingly recognized....

3 Apr 2020 to 1 May 2020 ,

The purpose of this survey is to gather information on good practices and to allow knowledge sharing, with the aim of helping coun...

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....

Portals and other resources

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  • 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.

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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.

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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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