Technical consultation workshop on the use of skills Logbooks, skills passports and other mechanisms to improve the portability of skills and qualifications

To gain access to decent work migrant workers not only need to possess relevant qualifications and skills, but also signal and validate those to potential employers. This means their qualifications and skills need to be mobile and recognized, i.e. portable.

Skill logbooks have been a feature of many national skills systems. They are used to record the skills, competencies and qualifications achieved by learners as part of individual qualifications or programmes of learning. In addition, skill passports, often act as a summary of competencies or qualifications held by an individual and achieved across multiple programmes.

These tools have been primarily developed and used in education and training systems with established qualification and quality assurance systems. However, countries from which most migrants or internally displaced people originate usually have weak skills development systems, limiting the portability of both their formally certified qualifications and informally acquired skills.

This workshop brings together representatives of key international and national organisations, involved in work that deploys technology to enhance the recognition of skills and qualifications of migrant workers and refugees. It will provide an opportunity to discuss recent developments and challenges of skills logbooks, skills passports and other skills portability mechanisms and explore the potential for more coordinated action using these tools along different stages of the migration cycle: recruitment, pre-departure, pre-employment, career progression and upon return.


Borhene Chakroun, UNESCO
Jobst Koehler, IOM
Stephen Yee, SNEF
Paola Simonetti, ITUC
Andreas Snildal, UNESCO
Dr Janaka Jayalath, TVEC Sri Lanka
Kolawole Kayode Ladejobi, UNICEF Nigeria
Koen Nomden, DG Empl, EC
Berta Panes, ICRC
Alex Grech, 3CL Foundation
Lluis Alfons Ariño, European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI) project
Märt Aro, Estonia, Nordic EdTech Forum
Kate Tulenko, Corvus Health

Introduction and closing statements:

Michelle Leighton, ILO
Stephanie Winet, IOE
Paola Simonetti, ITUC
Srinivas Reddy, ILO
Marina Manke, IOM
Hervé Huot-Marchand, UNESCO