Skills and Employability Branch (SKILLS)

 
Governments, employers' associations and trade unions around the world are working to improve the employability of workers, move young people into productive and decent work, and increase the productivity of enterprises through better quality and relevant training. The Skills and Employability Branch conducts comparative research and provides policy guidelines and technical assistance to help constituents integrate skills development into national and sector development strategies.
The ILO's work with constituents focuses primarily on three areas: linking training to current labour market needs as well as anticipating and building competencies for the jobs of the future; building quality apprenticeship systems and incorporating core skills into training for young people; and expanding access to employment-related training in rural communities in order to improve livelihoods, reduce poverty, and equip women and men to work in the formal economy.
 

What's new

  1. Survey Report

    ILO Survey Report on the National Initiatives to Promote Quality Apprenticeships in G20 Countries

    This report presents the main findings of the ILO survey on national initiatives to promote quality apprenticeships in the G20 member states.

  2. Blog

    Quality Apprenticeships: Life-changing experience

    How the apprenticeships help to move youth into decent jobs and help enterprises to find the workforce they need for the future.

  3. Policy brief

    Making apprenticeships and workplace learning inclusive of persons with disabilities

    Persons with disabilities face many challenges to entering the labour market, including negative preconceptions about their work capacities and lower educational achievements due to exclusionary training practices. Apprenticeships and workplace learning can effectively respond to many of the challenges by proving to employers the professional potential of disabled persons and improving their vocational skills.

  4. EU-ILO ‘Skills 21’ initiative to boost capacity of Bangladesh skills system

    The ‘Skills 21 – Empowering citizens for inclusive and sustainable growth’ project, which is funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the ILO, was formally launched at a ceremony held in Dhaka on 28 May 2018.

  5. Issue Brief 8

    Skills policies and systems for a future workforce

    This Issue Brief is part of the Future of Work briefs prepared by the ILO. It provides an overview of skills requirements for the future of work and considers how skills development systems might be transformed to meet these needs. The brief also raises questions about the financing of lifelong learning, as well as about the respective responsibilities of governments, enterprises and workers.

  6. Guide

    ILO Toolkit for Quality Apprenticeships - Vol. I: Guide for Policy Makers

    The toolkit provides state of the art information and guidance for the design and implementation of quality apprenticeship schemes across different contexts. The new guide was introduced by the ILO Director-General Guy Ryder during the launch of the engagement platform of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, held on 29 November 2017. 

  7. Skills for Employment Policy Briefs

    Policy Briefs in the series are authored by the technical specialists of the Skills and Employability Department and aim to present a short overview of particular areas related to skills development, policies and systems, and training.

Recent publications

  1. Skill needs anticipation

    Systems and approaches - Analysis of stakeholder survey on skill needs assessment and anticipation

    This publication is joint publication of the ILO, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop), the European Training Foundation (ETF) and the OECD.

  2. Apprenticeships

    A step-by-step guide to promote quality apprenticeships

    This publication was developed as part of the project entitled "EC-ILO action on youth employment policies: Enhancing capabilities of practitioners to design, implement and monitor youth employment policies - under the Council Recommendation on establishing a Youth Guarantee".

Events

  1. Event

    International Conference on Innovations in Apprenticeships: A skilled workforce for the Future

    4-5 July

    The ILO, in collaboration with the OECD and the GAN will organise the conference to share and promote innovative approaches to apprenticeships responding to contemporary challenges and provide opportunities to deepen collaboration among key actors of apprenticeships at global, regional and national levels.

  2. Global Forum on Migration and Development: Thematic workshop on skills and labour migration

    3 May, Geneva, Switzerland

    As part of the Global Forum on Migration and Development contribution to the United Nations’ Global Compact on Migration (GCM), a thematic workshop on skills and labour migration, will be held on 3 May.