Skills for employment

ILO action on Skills Development and TVET in the CEE Region

Stay updated with the ILO’s Skills for Employment Knowledge Sharing Platform - and have a look at our favourite picks (below)!

News | 17 May 2019
Central and Eastern Europe has undergone enormous socio-economic transformations in the past 25 years. Despite these achievements, many countries face significant labour market challenges, such as slow job creation, skills mismatch and inequalities. Technological innovations, demographic shifts, climate change and globalisation call for increased competitiveness, productivity and innovation capacity. Investment in skills development plays a vital role in tackling these challenges. ILO supports constituents and stakeholders in realizing effective and sustainable skills development systems.

The ILO’s Skills for Employment Global Public-Private Knowledge Sharing Platform (Global KSP) is a unique repository for information on TVET and the development of professional skills. It provides policy makers and practitioners with quick access to succinct information, best practice, in-depth research and practical tools. The focus lies on “what works!” to promote employability through skills development and TVET.

The Global KSP  is a collaborative platform that pools together knowledge from different international agencies, governments, employers’ and workers’ organisation. It was initiated by the ILO and benefits from collaboration of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Bank. Take a virtual tour, to see how the platform works.

The Pyramid of Knowledge Products offers a choice of more than 1300 knowledge products in six different languages, out of which 95 cover one or several countries in the CEE region. They are organised along the following structure:

Use of the platform according to your purposes:
  • Need to know more about a specific thematic area? 17 different topics – for example anticipation of skills needs, financing TVET, apprenticeships, youth employability or lifelong learning – are extensively covered under the issues section.
  • Seeking inspiration? Explore what others are doing! Look for case studies and good practices in other countries. You can also search by country.
  • Searching for something specific? Use the search function and select your filters – by topic, date, source, knowledge product or country.
  • No time to read lengthy papers? Succinct policy briefs give you a quick overview over the most important technical topics in only a few pages. Insert “Policy Brief” into the search function and get the full list of ILO policy briefs on skills development.
  • Hungry for more facts? For a deeper analysis, look under research papers and syntheses
  • Looking for exchange? Join the frequent online-discussion events or read the discussion thread about our past discussions.
  • Craving for news? You can subscribe to the newsletter (bottom of the page).
  • Wanting to share your own contributions? Professionals and experts involved in skills are invited to send their knowledge products to:

Here are some favourite picks for our constituents working on Skills Development and TVET in Central and Eastern Europe:

The future of work
Global challenges impacting the future world of work: What skills will the jobs of tomorrow require? (Video)
Skills policies and systems for a future workforce
How do we ensure that workers have the right skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow? (Video)
Work on digital labour platforms in Ukraine

Dual Training
Towards a European quality framework for apprenticeships: Best practices and trade union contributions
Tools for Quality Apprenticeships: a guide for enterprises
A step-by-step guide to promote quality apprenticeships

Lifelong learning / continuing training
Preventing low skills through lifelong learning: Flexible learning pathways to keep youth at risk and low-skilled adults in education or work
Getting skills right: Future-ready adult learning systems

Sectoral approaches
Investing in skills for inclusive trade
Working at sectoral level: Guide to anticipating and matching skills and jobs – Volume 3