ILO and ITC-ILO to hold workshop on skills for employment within the G20 framework

The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the ITC-ILO are holding a three-day workshop on skills for employment as part of the G20 Training Strategy to promote strong, sustainable and balanced growth.

The Knowledge-Sharing Workshop on Skills for Employment: Good Practices and Effective Institutions to Bridge Education, Training and Decent Work will bring together representatives of national governments, international organizations and social partners to discuss ways of linking training and the world of work.

The aim of the workshop is to share innovative approaches, reflect on the adaptability of different ideas to particular circumstances, and identify priorities for further South-South knowledge-sharing and for technical and financial support.  The workshop will use the G20 Training Strategy as a conceptual framework for its discussions. It will focus on practical matters that affect the implementation and effectiveness of skills development policies and institutions in diverse countries.

At their Pittsburgh Summit in 2009, G20 leaders called on the ILO to develop a training strategy that would help generate strong, sustainable and balanced growth. In preparing that strategy, the ILO worked with employers and workers, consulted other international organizations, in particular the OECD and UNESCO, and drew on the tripartite agreements on Skills for improved productivity, employment growth and development adopted at the International Labour Conference in June 2008.

The Training Strategy was then submitted to the Toronto Summit (June 2010) and later included in the Action Plan on Development adopted at the Seoul Summit (November 2010), which called on international organizations to work together to help developing countries, in particular low-income countries, “to continue to develop employment-related skills that are better matched to employer and market needs in order to attract investment and decent jobs.”

“This workshop marks an important first step in the implementation of the Human Resource Development pillar of the Seoul Action Plan,” said Ms. Christine Evans-Klock, Director of the Skills and Employability Department of the ILO. “More and better skills make it easier to innovate, attract investment, compete in new markets and diversify economies, all of which boosts job growth, enterprise productivity and workers’ employability. This workshop provides an opportunity for mutual learning among G20 and non-G20 countries from all regions about practical measures to unleash that potential.”

The event is made possible by financial support from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The workshop will run from 4 to 6 May at the International Training Centre of the ILO in Turin, Italy.  For more information, please contact the ILO Department of Communication and Public Information at +4122 799 7912, communication@ilo.org or the International Training Centre of the ILO at +39 011 693 6111, communications@itcilo.org

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