THE NEXT ACADEMY ON SKILLS DEVELOPMENT WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 4 TO 15 MAY 2015 Further information will be available as of October 2014 onwards: skillsdevelopment@itcilo.org


The overall objective of the "Academy on Skills Development" is to strengthen participants’ capacities to improve the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of their skills development systems, policies, and related programmes, to respond to the needs of the individual, society, and the economy.

Academy 2012Sound national skills development policies and a good quality TVET provision are key factors in the employability of workers and the sustainability of enterprises. Therefore, one of the objectives of skills development systems is to ensure that the skills acquired match the skills valued in the workplace. Skills development systems must also help workers and enterprises adjust to change and prepare for the future.


A “vicious circle” of inadequate education, poor training, low productivity jobs and low wages traps the working poor and excludes workers without relevant skills from participating in economic growth. It can represent an important obstacle for enterprise productivity and socio-economic development.


However, evidence shows that a development strategy based on improved quality and availability of education and training can engender a “virtuous circle” in which skills development fuels innovation, productivity, investment and enterprise development, diversification of the economy and competitiveness that sustain and accelerate the creation of more and better jobs. Increasing accessibility to good training enables more people to participate in and benefit from economic growth and thus improves social cohesion.


The International Training Centre of the ILO and the ILO Skills and Employability Department, in co-operation with in cooperation with a variety of international agencies is offering a two week international Academy on Skills Development. The purpose of the Academy is to stimulate learning and knowledge exchange on policies, challenges and options for building effective, responsive and inclusive skills development systems and to analyse some of the latest trends in Skills Development and TVET. The Academy programme reflects the principles and recommendations of the ILO - G20 Training Strategy “A Skilled Workforce for Strong, Sustainable and Balanced Growth”.


The Academy is aimed primarily at participants from developing and middle-income countries.


The contents of the Academy evolves around the following thematic clusters:

  • Skills development policies

ILO Conceptual framework for skills development and the G20 Training Strategy, developing comprehensive skills development policies, TVET governance and reform, inter-ministerial coordination, linking education and employment, the role of NQFs, involvement of social partners, gender equality;

  • Management of skills development systems

Management of skills development and TVET systems, financing of training, life-long learning, reforming apprenticeship systems, planning, monitoring and evaluation, recognition of prior learning, public-private partnerships;

  • Responsiveness to labour market challenges

Anticipation of skills needs, skills indicators, skills for a “greening economy” and Employment Services;

  • Formal training provision

Curriculum development, competence based training vis-à-vis orientation on work and business processes, standards and coherence in certification, teacher training and workplace learning;

  • Skills development for social inclusion

Increasing access and participation to skills training, training for rural economic empowerment, skills acquisition in the informal economy, informal apprenticeship.

For further information on the next Academy, please contact us from October 2014 on:


International Training Centre of the ILO

Viale Maestri del Lavoro, 10
10127 Turin - Italy

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