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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.

Now open: Nominations for Future Policy Award 2019

World Future Council, UNDP and the Inter-Parliamentary Union, with the support of the ILO, Youth Policy Labs and the Office of the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth kick off a global call for nominations to identify and honour the world’s most successful policies enabling youth empowerment.

ILO-IOE: Changing Business and Opportunities for Employer and Business Organizations

New ILO-IOE report identifies five global trends that are drastically changing business models regardless of size, sector or location. The impact of these trends on business and the role employers and business organizations will play in these coming changes is a key element of the debate around the future of work included in the report.

Video: Lifelong learning and skills development: Interview with Sir Alan Tuckett, OBE

An entitlement to lifelong learning is among ten recommendations made in a landmark report by the ILO’s Global Commission on the Future of Work.

In this interview, Sir Alan Tuckett, adult education specialist and campaigner, explains what is meant by lifelong learning and the role the ILO and its partners play in managing lifelong learning systems.

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12 Aug 2019 to 23 Aug 2019 , Turin, Italy

For its 100th anniversary, the ILO is inviting young people from all over the world for a Summer School and Global Debate on the F...

24 Jun 2019 to 5 Jul 2019 , Bonn, Germany

The programme builds the capacity of TVET professionals to become effective change agents in their institutions and countries....

24 Jun 2019 to 5 Jul 2019 , Turin, Italy

Responding to the current and future needs in the labour market, the Academy provides a range of learning opportunities in the fie...

29 May 2019 , Brussels, Belgium

From a lifelong perspective, tackling early leaving from education and training (ELET) is an ongoing process, which requires a mul...

26 May 2019 to 30 May 2019 , Turin, Italy

The course addresses the achievement of economic and social development objectives through appropriate investment choices in Publi...

6 May 2019 to 10 May 2019 , Turin, Italy

The course aims to promote more effective pathways for youth in the labour market through quality apprenticeships....

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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  • 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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