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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: Skills development and lifelong learning: Resource guide for workers’ organizations

The guide provides examples of how workers organisations are engaged in key areas of skills systems to highlight the importance of a rights-based approach to lifelong learning.

WEF: The future of jobs report 2020

This report aims to shed light on: the pandemic-related disruptions thus far in 2020 and the expected outlook for technology adoption jobs and skills in the next five years. It also provides in-depth information for 15 industry sectors and 26 advanced and emerging countries.

Global Deal: Social dialogue, skills and COVID-19

The report illustrates the importance of social dialogue in managing the consequences of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as well as the benefits of involving social partners in adult-learning systems to prepare for the future of work.

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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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Key resources

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Events see all events

13 December 2020, , Malaysia

The world conference aims to serve as a platform for discussion, dissemination and sharing of contemporary research and scientific...

7 December 2020, , Online

The Bridging Conference on New Qualifications and Competencies in TVET of the BILT project has the overall goal of laying the foun...

7 December 2020, , Virtual event

The first in a series of ILO online Talks that go beyond the regular webinar will hear insights from the founder of the world’s le...

29 November 2020,  to  3 December 2020 , Bruxelles, Belgium

Rendez-vous in the European Parliament for a whole week of debates, discussions, roundtables with decision-makers and knowledge-sh...

26 November 2020,  to  27 February 2021 , Virtual event

The event aims to foster the development of human capabilities in developing countries with a focus on Africa by enhancing their c...

22 November 2020,  to  26 November 2020 , Online

The virtual conference on Understanding the causes of gender disparities in STEM-related TVET will be moderated by Epke Vogel and ...

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

Which of the following would you identify with most ?

To ensure that our website continues to be user friendly, practical and delivers on the expectations envisioned by its different audiences, we’d like to know more about who you are. From the following, which would you identify with most?

  • International organization
  • Government
  • Media
  • Education/training
  • Employers’ organization/business
  • Not for profit
  • Research
  • Workers’ organization
  • Other
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