Skills are a key factor in the economic development of countries and the prosperity of nations. Countries, regions and sectors therefore require skills-matching mechanisms, instruments and policies to reduce the gap between the supply and demand for skills in the labour market, increase the employability of the workforce and reduce skills shortages. Where macro-economic policy-making is concerned, sectoral approaches strengthen good practices in skills development by putting the emphasis on the skill-sets needed in different economic sectors, rather than taking a generic approach. This being the case, the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITCILO), in full collaboration with the Skills Branch of the International Labour Organization, is proud to offer the second online edition of its Sectoral Approaches to Skills Development course. The training will capitalize on the ITCILO's long experience in organizing capacity-building activities focused on skills development generally and sectoral skills development in particular. The main objective of the course is to "help participants better understand the characteristics, methodologies, institutional arrangements, skills governance mechanisms, and sectoral skills development modalities needed for identifying labour market imbalances in terms of skills development at a sectoral level, in addition to recognizing the current and future skills needed at a sectoral level in a broader macro-economic policy framework."
Policy-makers and technical advisors of ministries of employment/labour, ministries of education and other ministries working in the area of skills development and TVET; members of skills councils, national TVET authorities and similar institutions; representatives of workers' and employers' organizations involved in sectoral, regional or national skills needs anticipation; experts and technical staff working in the field of TVET planning; relevant staff of public employment services and other institutions engaged in skills-matching; managerial and technical staff of institutions responsible for the collection and analysis of labour-market information; staff of international cooperation agencies working in the area of TVET and skills development.