A flagship event on skills development
The 4th edition of the international “Academy on Skills Development” took place in Turin from 4 to 15 May 2015.
Sound national policies on skills development and the provision of high-quality technical and vocational education training (TVET) are key factors for the employability of workers and the sustainability of enterprises. One of the objectives of successful skills development systems is to ensure that the skills acquired match the skills valued in the workplace. Skills development systems must also help workers and enterprises adjust to change and prepare for the future.
This Academy was implemented by the Centre and the Employment Policy Department of the ILO in collaboration with development agencies including the BTC (Belgian Development Agency), Lux Development, the AFD (French Development Agency), the GIZ (German Agency for International Cooperation), and the ETF (European Training Foundation).
Its main objective was to strengthen participants’ capacities, improving the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of their skills development systems, policies, and related programmes in order to respond to the needs of the individual, society, and the economy. This was achieved by stimulating learning and the exchange of knowledge on policies, challenges and options for building effective, responsive and inclusive skills development systems. The course also analysed some of the latest trends in skills development and TVET.
The Academy had 104 participants from 23 countries representing Ministries of Labour and Education, social partners’ organizations, vocational training centres, and other stakeholders concerned with skills development policies and practices.