About us

Web page | 29 July 2021

Our vision

Skills systems are confronted by the need to respond to increasingly dynamic and fluid labour market and societal conditions. Climate change, technology, demographic shifts, migration and globalization are causing disruption to the world of work, while making skills development even more complex, fluid and unpredictable.

Moreover, the Covid-19 pandemic has made skilling, reskilling and up-skilling more difficult for young people and adult workers around the world. Whilst the pandemic enhanced opportunities for distance learning to a certain extent, it has significantly disrupted the planning and implementation of training and learning, as well as examinations and assessments processes for certification. Unless actions are taken now, the global loss of skills training and education will have long-lasting impacts on people, businesses, and societies in a way that will be felt far in the future.

This challenge is particularly pressing in developing and emerging economies, where education and training systems are not equipped to deliver high-quality programmes, well-paid jobs are limited and where skilled workers have no option but to work in lower-skilled jobs or find employment in the informal economy. As we look for ways to recover from the pandemic and build a “better normal”, there is a clear need for opportunities where multiple stakeholders come together to contribute and create innovative and scalable solutions.

The ILO Skills Innovation Network aims to provide a safe place for skills innovators interested in sharing ideas and experiences and collaborating to develop and scale innovations that support skills development for employability of workers, productivity of enterprises and promoting social justice.

Our work

The ILO Skills Innovation Network is a unique platform for skills innovators from different backgrounds to share and support each other’s work. By applying a peer-to-peer mentoring and learning approach, everyone in the network will have an opportunity to participate, contribute and learn from the community.

Moreover, through regional and global knowledge sharing sessions, members will be able to showcase their solutions not only to innovators, ILO Constituents, TVET institutions, academia, and development practitioners; but also to potential partners and sponsors to establish and expand collaboration and partnerships.

The Network also supports the design and implementation of national, regional and global innovations on skills development and lifelong learning. It provides technical advice and access to ILO tools and resources, private ideation workshops, innovation clinics, tailored trainings and mentoring programmes. Networking with partners and experts in the area of skills development will also be facilitated.