Skills Innovation Labs

SKILLS Innovation Labs provide the ideal space and resources to drive early stage skills innovations into ready-to-test prototypes, providing technical advice, coaching and access to a network of innovators and experts on skills.

The SKILLS Innovation Labs aims to:
  • Identify, nurture and scale solutions to address specific skills challenges;
  • Provide support to constituents and partners to develop and learn innovation skills.
  • Develop a network of innovators, partners and sponsors interested in promoting new solutions to pressing skills challenges.

How does it work?

The Skills Innovation Lab will involve two stages:


During the 6-month programme, participants will convene 3 times for bootcamps in a selected country. During this period, innovators will receive training and mentorship to prototype their solution/s. Throughout the entire process, participants will communicate, debrief and share documents and feedback through a virtual lab.

Bootcamp 1: Refining solution
During the first bootcamp, ILO experts and partners will work with innovators on the ground to further develop and refine their ideas and solutions.

Bootcamp 2: Prototyping
During the second bootcamp, innovators will receive technical support and facilitation to develop a prototype or test version of their solution.

Bootcamp 3: Action Plan

At the end of the process, innovators will develop a final report of the prototype, including an action plan and/or business plan for their innovation.


Once the prototype is developed, innovators and partners will pilot the solution. The Innovation Steering Committee will oversee progress and impact in consultation with project partners. It is envisaged that each pilot will be completed within a maximum of 12 months.

At the end of the pilot, innovators will be invited to pitch their prototypes to an audience of national and international key stakeholders during an International Forum on Innovation in Skills Development.

Who can participate?

Winner/s of the Skills Challenge Call will be invited to participate in the Innovation Lab.

What can participants expect?

  • Coaching and mentorship: Participants will receive technical support from ILO experts and other partners in all phases of the Innovation Lab.
  • Dedicated spaces: Physical venues will be made available to participants for the duration of the three bootcamps. An online lab will also available for them to communicate and exchange during the entire innovation process.
  • Connections and visibility: Innovators will be invited to join the ILO SKILLS Global Network of innovators where they will exchange with other innovators and they will have the opportunity to meet national and international donors and industry leaders with the ambition to pilot the innovative solutions and accelerate implementation.