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Skills and Employability Branch (SKILLS)

Staff

International Labour Office 4 Route des Morillons

Geneva 22
Switzerland
CH-1211


Tel : +41 22 799 7512
Fax : +41 22 799 6310
Email : skills@ilo.org
Website : www.ilo.org/skills

Recent publications and reports

  1. Apprenticeships

    ILO Toolkit for Quality Apprenticeships

    The ILO Toolkit for Quality Apprenticeships is a resource to improve the design and implementation of apprenticeship systems and programmes. The ILO Toolkit for Quality Apprenticeships consists of two volumes: Volume 1: Guide for Policy Makers; and Volume 2: Guide for Practitioners.

  2. Career Guidance

    Career guidance policy and practice in the pandemic: Results of a joint international survey

    This joint global report reflects how career guidance services responded to the challenges posed by Covid-19. It highlights the range of solutions found, especially digital, and the challenges felt by services, practitioners and clients.

  3. 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.

  4. The Digitization of TVET and Skills Systems

    This joint ILO-UNESCO report provides a global, high-level overview of how digitalization is affecting TVET and skills systems.

  5. Guidelines on Rapid Assessment of reskilling and upskilling needs in response to the COVID-19 crisis

    The guidelines focus on three broad types of impact on the labour market, and hence on demand for skills and opportunities for workers, with implications for reskilling and upskilling needs.

  6. Lifelong Learning in the Informal Economy: A Literature Review

    This literature review aims to provide an update to current debates on how to bridge the gap for informal economy workers to access and participate in relevant and quality skills development.

  7. Rapid STED: A practical guide

    This new guide provides advice on implementing an updated approach to STED. It aims to speed the process and to build capacity among national and sector partners.

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. New ILO Skills and Lifelong Learning Knowledge Sharing Platform

    The new ILO Skills and Lifelong Learning Knowledge Sharing Platform provides users with different knowledge needs with quality information and resources on skills development. It aims to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas among institutions, enterprises and experts from all countries on how to improve employability and productivity.

  2. 21-22 April 2021

    Skills Virtual Fair: South-south and triangular cooperation

    The event aims to foster the development of human capabilities in developing countries with a focus on Skills Development, by enhancing countries’ capacity to find solutions to specific development needs and to the challenges now exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  3. Capability Statement

    Brochure: ILO Skills and Employability Branch

    The Skills and Employability Branch works with ILO constituents for a better future of work through skills development and to ensure that education and training systems become more flexible and diversified.

  4. ILO Evaluation Tool for the Review of a Country’s Apprenticeship Policy and System

    The ILO Evaluation Tool comprises guidelines and questionnaires and gives guidance on how to evaluate a country’s apprenticeship policy and system.

  5. Skills development in the time of COVID-19: Taking stock of the initial responses in technical and vocational education and training

    This report is based on the findings of an interagency survey on technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and skills development in the time of COVID-19. The online survey, which was targeted at TVET providers, policymakers and social partners, was implemented by the ILO in collaboration with the UNESCO and the World Bank over the period from 5 April to 15 May 2020.

  6. Partnerships are key to promote skills development during COVID-19

    A new partnership has been signed between the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), and the Commonwealth Centre for Connected Learning Foundation (3CL).

  7. Meet the finalists of the 1st ILO Skills Challenge Innovation Call

    From hundreds of applicants, the Top 2 ideas from each region were selected. The Domestic Worker Center of Zimbabwe was selected as the winner of the first edition of the Call.
    See also: Winners of the Cambodia Skills Challenge Innovation Call

  8. ILO and the Government of Norway sign a new partnership agreement on skills development and lifelong learning for the Future of Work

  9. Skills to combat forced labour

    The ILO has launched two Global Guidelines on the prevention and reintegration of victims of forced labour through skills and lifelong learning.

  10. Skills Development and Lifelong Learning: Resource Guide for Workers’ Organizations

    The guide provides examples of how workers organisations are engaged in key areas of skills systems to highlight the importance of a rights-based approach to lifelong learning.

  11. ILO hosts bootcamp to support the Domestic Worker Center, winner of the 1st Skills Challenge Innovation Call

    A five-day online bootcamp was organized from 16 to 20 November 2020 in collaboration with ILOITC.

  12. The feasibility of using big data in anticipating and matching skills needs

    This publication collects together the contributions presented during the ILO workshop “Can we use big data for skills anticipation and matching?”

  13. ILO and UNICEF MOU to strengthen skills and lifelong learning

    The MOU is intended to strengthen collaboration between the two agencies, in support of a lifelong approach to learning that will improve the employability of young people and promote a smoother school-to-work transition.