Skills are a key factor in the economic development of countries and the prosperity of nations. Skills matching in a country's regions and sectors depends on various mechanisms, instruments and policies designed to reduce the gap between the supply of and demand for skills in the labour market, thus increasing the employability of the workforce and reducing skills shortages. A sectoral approach considers changing skills needs from the perspective of a particular sector and ensures that skills development meets the needs of the sector concerned. Helping enterprises find workers with the right skills, and ensuring that workers acquire the skills they need to find productive employment, is a key to unlocking the door to economic prosperity and building inclusive societies. Sectoral approaches strengthen good practices in skills development by putting emphasis on the skill sets needed in different economic sectors, rather than taking a generic approach to skills development. They also provide an important platform for social dialogue on skills at the sectoral level. Moreover, adopting a sectoral approach to skills development enables countries and businesses to focus on developing the specific skills needed to maintain and improve their key economic sectors, making substantial contributions to improved productivity and competitiveness. This being the case, the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITCILO), in conjunction with the Skills Branch of the International Labour Organization, is proud to offer an online course in Sectoral Approaches to Skills Development. The course will capitalize on the long experience of the ITCILO in organizing capacity-building activities relating to skills development and, in particular, sectoral skills development. Moreover, the course features a unique learning approach harnessing digital e-learning technologies and using an interactive online platform to facilitate the learning process and provide participants with real-time feedback and support.
The course is intended for: - Policymakers and technical advisers 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 working on skills development issues; - 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.