In the reform of skills systems around the world, the important role of the social partners is increasingly recognized. Having workers' and employers' organizations actively involved in skills systems at national, sectoral, enterprise and institutional levels is a key strategy for ensuring the relevance and quality of training programmes and minimizing skills mismatches. The aim of the course is to build the capacity of employers' and workers' organizations to improve their engagement in skills systems, adopting successful approaches and tools to foster different forms of involvement. The focus will be on understanding the different ways in which trade unions have involved themselves in the skills agenda, and the reasons why employer bodies have participated in the development and implementation of skills-related policies.
Representatives of workers' and employers' organizations involved in sectoral, regional or national skills systems; policy-makers and technical advisors of ministries of labour and education; members of skills councils, national TVET authorities and similar institutions wanting to improve the social partners' involvement in skills systems; experts and technical staff working in the field of TVET planning, in CSOs and NGOs actively searching to develop skills-related partnerships with employers' and workers' organizations.