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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: Guide and digital interactive assessment tool on making TVET and skills development inclusive for all

The guide aims to help skills decision-makers and practitioners assess to what extent their TVET system is currently excluding certain individuals or groups, identifies underlying reasons, and provides practical ideas on what could be done to redress inequalities.

ILO Monitor: COVID-19 and the world of work. 6th edition

The last ILO analysis of the labour market impact of COVID-19 reveals a “massive” drop in labour income and a fiscal stimulus gap that threatens to increase inequality between richer and poorer countries.


The new UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) report argues that creating a global culture of lifelong learning will be key to addressing the challenges faced by humanity, from the climate crisis to technological and demographic change, not to mention those posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the inequalities it has exacerbated.

What's new

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  • Skills partnerships on migration

    The ILO conducted 13 country studies and two sub-regional studies identifying the potential for skills partnerships on migration between different countries and key skills institutions.

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  • Rapid STED: A practical guide

    This guide aims to speed the process, to deepen collaboration, and to build capacity among national and sector partners to improve skills strategies.

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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

9 November 2020,  to  12 November 2020 , Berlin

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

25 October 2020,  to  17 December 2020 , Online (E-Campus)

This e-learning course is for skills development stakeholders and practitioners. This course is part of ITCILO’s training offer on...

13 October 2020,  to  , Virtual event (ZOOM)

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is organizing a ‘Webinar – Innovations and Strategies for Recognition of Prior Learnin...

12 October 2020,  to  11 December 2020 , Online

This course is designed to facilitate the development of a holistic understanding of the management of vocational training centres...

5 October 2020,  to  7 October 2020 , Virtual event

The world is currently facing an unprecedented crisis that is affecting social and economic systems alike. We must therefore think...

20 September 2020,  to  29 October 2020 , Turin, Italy

Skills are a key component that help nations unlock economic development and prosperity. A sectoral approach to skills matching re...

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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