Social partners' involvement in skills development

E-learning course on Social Partners involvement in Skills Development

Social partners' involvement in skills development

19 June–23 July 2023
The course is available in English, Français
Introduction to the course

The ITCILO, in close cooperation with the ILO's SKILLS branch, is organizing this e-learning course to enable social partners' representatives to reflect on and discuss their involvement in skills development systems, building on best practices from around the world, and so make them more effective in this area. The contribution of workers', employers' and business members' organizations at national, sectoral and enterprise levels is key to ensuring the relevance and quality of training programmes in achieving improved business sustainability and enhanced opportunities for decent work, and in minimizing skills mismatches. This e-learning training offer is part of the ITCILO's extensive skills development portfolio, which targets worldwide capacity-building needs in supporting the implementation of TVET and skills-development programmes around the globe.

Who attends this course?

The aim of the course is to build the capacities of members, staff and representatives of workers' and employers' organizations directly involved in and responsible for the following areas at national, sectoral, local and enterprise levels: - Skills and human resource development policy design - Governance structures and bodies, including qualification systems and quality-assurance-focused institutions - Bipartite dialogue on skills at enterprise and sector level - Upskilling and reskilling programmes as part of broad human resource management strategies - Skills development and lifelong learning funding schemes - Management and delivery of training programmes, both work- and school-based. - Labour market information system entities.


The aim of the course is to build the capacities of employers’ and workers’ organizations to improve the social partners’ engagement in skills systems, adopting successful approaches and tools to foster different forms of involvement.

By the end of the programme, participants will have strengthened their technical knowledge to have a better understanding of the importance of social partners’ contribution to the quality, relevance and governance of skills development policies and programs, which are a key feature in the labour relations, basing on the new evidences collected by the ILO.

Highlighting successful international experiences of bipartite social dialogue at enterprise and sectoral level, the participants will be able to identify the factors that contribute to a meaningful and effective participation of social partners in the skills development domain. Expert tutors support participants in properly analysing bottlenecks and challenges of their own organization’s involvement in the skills area with the objective of identifying new services to be proposed to their members to boost their engagement in the skills arena.

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