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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. E-Discussion: From 21 November to 2 December 2016

    Unlocking the potential of TVET and skills systems: What does reform look like?

    This virtual discussion aims to examine, among others, reform priorities that low- and middle-income countries need to identify in upgrading TVET systems; key elements of a successful TVET system – what works?; future skills needs and how TVET systems can improve their response to labour market demands; the extent to which TVET policies and programmes are informed by ongoing assessments of labour market trends and industry developments; and, how to promote more inclusive TVET.

  2. Skills for Trade and Economic Diversification (STED) in Viet Nam: The case of the tourism sector in selected provinces

    The report presents an application of the STED methodology to the tourism sector of Viet Nam's economy in selected provinces (mainly in Quang Nam and Thua Thien-Hue provinces, plus some involvement in Khanh Hoa province).


  1. The ILO and the United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP22

    The annual United Nations Climate Change Conference will be held in Bab Ighli, Marrakech, Morocco from 7-18 November 2016. This twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) follows the adoption in 2015 of the Paris Agreement on climate change at COP21.

  2. National Conference on Strengthening Apprenticeship in Egypt

    27-28 April 2015, Cairo