E-learning on the skills dimensions of labour migration

Skills dimensions of labour migration

E-learning on the skills dimensions of labour migration

25 September–5 November 2023
The course is available in English, Français
Key features

Integrated e-learning that includes lectures, online discussions on forum and group work


The learning process starts at your own pace, continues through engaging, high quality ‘real time’ sessions  and group discussions and ends with  an individual work


Critical information from employment, skills and    migration experts



Learn from ITCILO trainers, ILO and European Training Foundation specialists as well as international experts and practitioners


Introduction to the course

Designing and implementing sound labour market information systems, including accurate labour market needs assessment and skills anticipation, and putting in place processes for skills recognition are important to prevent brain waste and deskilling, poor labour market integration and deterioration of working conditions for all workers, including migrant workers. Access to skills recognition processes, especially for low- and medium-skilled migrant workers, is often limited, while migrants frequently encounter difficulties in articulating their experiences from the destination countries into better human resources development opportunities on their return. In this course, organized in close cooperation with the ILO's MIGRANT and SKILLS branches and the European Training Foundation, participants learn about the skills dimensions of labour migration and how to design programmes to improve skills development and recognition initiatives for migrant workers. Join this course to learn how to improve and diversify the skills of migrant workers.

Who attends this course?

- Experts in skills development and migration - Practitioners working on migration and skills development programmes - Policy makers and technical advisors - Representatives of workers' and employers' organizations - Representatives of local authorities and other state actors - Experts and technical staff from NGOs and other civil society organizations.

What does this course cover?

This course focuses on the skills-related components of labour migration policies and programmes..

  • Skills anticipation and matching 
  • Transparency, recognition and portability of skills
  • Skills development for migrant workers before, during and after migration
  • Coherence between employment and labour migration policies 
  • Skills component into bilateral and multilateral labour migration agreements 
  • Innovative case studies promoting skills development 
  • Dynamics of skills mobility and skills partnerships for development.
What will I learn?

Participants discuss relevant topics with international experts and their peers.

  • The role and scope of bilateral labour migration agreements
  • The linkages between labour migration, employment and training policies
  • Benefits for using skills anticipation and matching tools
  • Diversity of labour migrant support measures from employment and skills perspectives
  • Best practices in skills development and recognition to boost employability for migrant workers.
What will I be required to do during the course?

Course learning materials and tuition will be offered online in English and French. The following requirements are therefore essential to participate in this course:

  • The ability to use and access a computer with internet
  • Working knowledge of written English or French
  • The availability to dedicate per week between 5-10 hours to the course.
What will I be able to do?

Participants leave this course connected to a global network of professionals operating in skills-related programs for migrant workers and labour migration governance.

  • Understand labour market needs of countries of destination and mechanisms to address skills shortages
  • Integrate tools for skills anticipation and matching for managing labour migration flows
  • Design and apply skills recognition approaches to facilitate access to training and the  labour market
  • Conceive skills development-related actions for specific  migrant worker target groups
  • Assess the value of skills partnerships between origin and destination countries.
  • Appreciate the linkages between labour migration, employment and training policies
Why should I join?

This new online course is specifically designed for professionals in the field of skills and migration. This is what they will benefit from:

  • Virtual exchange with global experts and practitioners with decades of international experience  on  migration and employment.
  • Join and interact online with a global network of professionals to share knowledge and best practices.
  • This new e-learning course consists of a mix of online resources on good practices and case studies, interactive sessions “in real time” led by very experienced trainers, individual and collaborative groups exercises using our e-Campus platform.
  • Successful participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement from the ITCILO.  
  • This course qualifies for the ITCILO Diploma for Labour Migration Experts and Practitioners. Take the Academy on Labour Migration, three courses out of all eligible courses within a five year period, and complete a capstone project to become part of a global cadre of practitioners and experts with a recognised set of skills in labour migration policy.

 I just want to thank the entire ITCILO team in the course: Skills Dimension of Labour Migration. It has been a very exciting learning journey. And thanks specially for the human face you put into a formal academic programme. Once again, thanks a lot for the excellent work ITCILO is doing in making the global community a better place to live.

Oludare Adewale Ogunjobi

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