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


Although “apprenticeship” is a buzz word of policymakers today, learning a trade from a master craftsperson is not a new method of skills development. Indeed, the history of apprenticeships dates back to the late Middle Ages. While keeping the essence of passing skills from an old generation to a new one through practical training on the job, apprenticeships have evolved responding to changing skills needs, advancement in technology and pedagogy over time. Indeed, history tells us that apprenticeships have continued to be relevant and effective thanks to their continued innovations in response to new economic, social, and labour market changes. Then, if apprenticeships are to continue their journey of evolution, what innovations will we witness given various contemporary challenges? Would they adopt themselves to the skills requirements of the fourth industry revolution, climate changes and sustainable development, labour migration and other social challenges such as increasing income inequality? These questions have encouraged us to convene an international conference and deepen discussions on initiatives at global, regional and national levels to facilitate such innovations.

Objective of the event and target participants

The ILO, in collaboration with the OECD and the GAN convenes governments, social partners, representatives from partner international and multilateral organizations, the private sector and civil society, as well as academic experts and practitioners to:
  • Share and promote innovative approaches to apprenticeships responding to contemporary challenges
  • Provide opportunities to deepen collaboration among key actors of apprenticeships at global, regional and national levels


The event also welcomes the participation of self-funding officials and social partners from non-G20 countries, representatives from international and civil society organizations, academic experts and practitioners.

If you wish to participate in the conference, please fill in the Registration Form: