What are the global challenges that training systems need to help meet?
To answer this and other questions, a brainstorming meeting of experts in skills development on global training strategy is being held at the International Training Centre of the ILO from 15 to 17 March 2010.
At the Pittsburgh Summit in September 2009, G20 leaders agreed that strong, sustainable and balanced growth required structural reforms to create more inclusive labour markets, active labour market policies and quality education and training. Each of their countries would need their own policies that strengthened the ability of workers to adapt to changing market demands and to benefit from innovation and investment in new technology, clean energy, the environment, health and infrastructure.
It was no longer sufficient to train workers to meet their specific current needs; countries should ensure access to training that provided lifelong skills development and focused on future market needs. They pledged to make training a priority in their growth strategies and investments.
The ILO was asked to devise, together with other organizations, a training strategy for consideration by the G20. This process included holding a brainstorming session for experts in March 2010 at the International Training Centre of the ILO.
This week’s meeting will allow experts to share their views, innovative ideas and examples of good practice in facing global challenges and the role of skills in achieving strong, sustainable and balanced growth.