Skills and employability

Prolonged and protracted displacement crises, uncertainty over oil prices, and stagnant economies across the Arab States have created a renewed sense of urgency for ILO constituents to put decent work at the core of national agendas. While the region’s economies still grapple with structural issues, the need for business investments to be matched with market-relevant skills and decent work opportunities has rarely been more pressing and essential. With the support of the ILO, governments and workers’ and employers’ organizations have taken significant steps to enhance the efficiency of their national skills development systems in an effort to realise the potential of workers and meet the needs of employers across the Arab States. See more…

Focus on

  1. Enabling success: Supporting Youth in MENA in their Transition from Learning to Decent Work

    This report is a result of collaboration between the ILO and UNICEF, with expertise contribution from the European Train­ing Foundation, and the technical work conducted by Legacy Social Development, as part of a joint effort to seek young peo­ple’s voices and inputs, along with other stakeholders’ suggestions, to find ways to address the bottlenecks hindering young people’s transition to the labour market.

  2. Quality assurance and accreditation in technical and vocational education and training in Lebanon

    This report analyses quality assurance and accreditation mechanisms in Lebanon in light of regional and global best practices to inform efforts towards the development of a national quality assurance framework.


  1. Promoting Productive Employment and Decent Work for Women in Egypt, Jordan and the occupied Palestinian territory

    The project aims to promote productive employment and decent work for women in Egypt, Jordan, and the occupied Palestinian territory through reducing the barriers to women’s entry to and retention in decent work.

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    Enhanced Rural Resilience in Yemen - Phase 2 (ERRY II)

    ERRY II is the second phase of the recently completed Enhanced Rural Resilience in Yemen (ERRY) programme, funded by the European Union, and implemented by the UNDP, ILO, WFP, and the FAO. The overall objective of the programme is to contribute to reduced vulnerability and strengthened resilience of crisis-affected communities in Yemen through the creation of sustainable livelihoods and improving access to basic services.

  3. Applying the G20 Training Strategy in Jordan (Phase 2)

    The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has begun implementation of the second phase of the "Applying the G20 Training strategy: A partnership of the ILO and the Russian Federation" project, which is aims to strengthen national skills development systems, policies and strategies so that to improve employability of both women and men, promote equal access to employment opportunities as well as equal treatment including increased incomes, for inclusive and sustainable growth.