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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: The role of digital labour platforms in transforming the world of work

This flagship report explores how the contemporary platform economy is transforming the way work is organized, analyzing the impact of digital labour platforms on enterprises, workers and society as a whole.

OECD/CEDEFOP: The next steps for apprenticeship

This joint report provides insights from 16 papers by researchers from Europe, Australia and the United States. Evidence and analysis in these papers will help inform political decisions shaping the future of apprenticeship.

International survey: Career guidance policy and practice in the pandemic

This report is based on a flash joint international survey, designed to provide a snapshot of how career guidance policies, systems and services were adapting and coping, following the declaration of the world COVID-19 pandemic.

What's new

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  • WEF: Upskilling for shared prosperity

    The report highlights challenges such as addressing the disconnect between current education programmes and the skills employers need today and in the future and presents as upskilling's advantages.

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Key resources

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Focus on

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Events see all events

20 April 2021,  to  21 April 2021 , Virtual event

A series of webinars were held in 2020 focussed on Skills Development thematic areas and on sectoral approaches....

14 March 2021,  to  8 April 2021 , Online (E-Campus)

The International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC-ILO) in full collaboration with the ILO Department of Statistics and in close co...

14 March 2021,  to  15 March 2021 , Online event

As announced by Commissioner Schmit at the European Vocational Skills Week, the European Commission (DG EMPL) and the ILO are co-o...

31 January 2021,  to  25 March 2021 , Online (E-Campus)

Inclusion in TVET and skills development is in everyone’s interest – and yet, many individuals and groups in society find themselv...

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, , 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...

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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  • Media
  • Education/training
  • Employers’ organization/business
  • Not for profit
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