Resources on future of work

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    Podcast series: Global challenges – Global solutions

    The technology paradox: Is it a great equalizer for some, but digital divider for others?

    30 March 2023

    Technology has made enormous strides in the past few decades, improving many people’s lives, and creating incredible economic, scientific, and medical breakthroughs in the world of work. For some, it has been “the great equalizer”. But for others it may be widening the social and economic divide. Can we solve this paradox?

  2. Apprenticeships Development for Universal Lifelong Learning and Training (ADULT)

    Towards lifelong learning and skills for the future of work: Global lessons from innovative apprenticeships

    17 March 2023

    This report was compiled under the ILO’s research project – Apprenticeship Development for Universal Lifelong Learning and Training (ADULT) – funded by the Government of Flanders. The project aims to explore how apprenticeship systems are being modernised and transformed to promote and enable lifelong learning and decent work for youth, adults, and older workers (both employed and unemployed). The main report, Towards Lifelong Learning and Skills for the Future of Work: Global Lessons from Innovative Apprenticeships, synthesizes the topics of six individual thematic reports and three additional themes which are only featured in the main report. It explores how apprenticeships can enable people to acquire new skills and update existing skills throughout their working lives to keep pace with the fast-changing labour market demand.

  3. 5th Employment Policy Research Symposium, 11-12 May 2023

    Employment policies for social justice

    The 2023 Symposium, organized in partnership with the European Commission's (EC) Joint Research Centre (JRC), focuses on the theme of employment policies and social justice. The Symposium will highlight the latest thinking on how integrated national employment policies tailored to the circumstances of countries promote inclusive transitions and social justice.

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    Podcast series: Global challenges – Global solutions

    Is green the colour of our future? The green and digital transformation and the future of work

    16 March 2023

    There’s never been a more urgent need to unleash the power of digitalization to drive the green transition. Digital technology could deliver one-fifth of the emission cuts needed to hit net-zero by 2050. In this episode Director of the ILO Priority Action Programme on Just Transitions Towards Environmentally Sustainable Economies and Societies Moustapha Kamal Gueye explains the green and digital transformation and its impact on a greener future of work.

  5. Video

    Fair Recruitment Initiative for Africa

    09 March 2023

    The regional launch of Phase II of the ILO Fair Recruitment Initiative is an opportunity to expand the implementation of successful fair recruitment approaches to other countries in Africa

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    Can digital technology be an equality machine?

    08 March 2023

    As workplaces transition towards a digital future, we see the gender gap perpetuating itself in the digital realm as well. On International Women’s Day, the ILO’s ‘Future of Work’ podcast explores how can digital technology be harnessed for positive change and more inclusion.

  7. Research Seminar

    The Impact of Automation on job transitions and future skills needs

    This talk will examine the opportunities and challenges that workers who are at risk of job displacement resulting from automation could face in transitioning into the jobs that are expected to be created by the structural changes caused by automation.

  8. Research Seminar

    An ecosystem approach to skilling: Insights from 85 innovative programs

    Opportunities for continuous up- and reskilling should be accessible to all workers in order to maintain the competitiveness of the workforce. However, our current systems for skill building are not ready to tackle this challenge: government, academia and employers chronically underinvest in adult learning, and do not (yet) collaborate efficiently to provide at scale, end-to-end skilling solutions. In our research at the BCG Henderson Institute, we studied early examples of "skilling ecosystems”, innovative programs that involve multiple stakeholders to deliver up/reskilling solutions to address a specific skill gap. In this session we will discuss the different types of such ecosystems, key success factors and selected best practices based on our database of 85 examples around the world.

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    Arts and entertainment sector

    New measures needed to improve working conditions in arts and entertainment sector

    24 February 2023

    Delegates from governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations have adopted new recommendations to create a more resilient, inclusive and sustainable future for people and businesses working in the fast-growing global arts and entertainment sector.

  10. Spotlight Interviews with Co-operators

    Interview with Akkanut Wantanasombut – founder of community-based social and solidarity economy platform

    23 February 2023

    “Spotlight Interviews with Co-operators” is a series of interviews with co-operators from around the world with whom ILO officials have crossed paths in the course of their work on cooperatives and the wider social and solidarity economy (SSE). On this occasion, ILO interviewed Akkanut Wantanasombut, researcher at the Institute of Asia Studies at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, and founder of “Tamsang-Tamsong”, a community-based social and solidarity economy platform.