SKILL-UP Programme: Upgrading skills for the changing world of work

SKILL-UP Programme is a joint effort of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs aimed to help the ILO Member States enhance their skills systems to take advantage of new opportunities offered by emerging global drivers of change relating to increased digitalization, international trade integration, technological change, large international migration flows, climate change, demographics, among others.

The Programme has global and country components. The SKILL-UP Global’s main outcomes focus on new global products development and innovation; strengthening national skills systems; capacity development, advocacy, knowledge sharing and support to country components. The SKILL-UP Country Projects are located in Ghana, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Malawi, Senegal and Tanzania. They are developed to deliver on three main areas: skills anticipation, skills systems development and social inclusion. Additionally, the Programme supports dialogue between countries of origin and destination in two Sub-Saharan African regions: Western Africa and Central Africa to forge skills partnerships that make migration more demand-led and better informed. Read more

Highlights

  1. Press release

    Developing a Skills Strategy for the Garment sector in Ethiopia

    24 September 2019

    As part of the Norwegian-funded SKILL-UP Ethiopia Project, the ILO in collaboration with national stakeholders organized a capacity-building workshop using the ILO’s Skills for Trade and Economic Diversification (STED) methodology.

  2. Event

    Sub-Regional Tripartite Consultations for the Formulation of Skills Partnerships on Migration in Western Africa and the Sahel

    Skills partnerships can contribute to reaping migrants’ potential more effectively, being an innovative mechanism for maximising brain gain and sharing the benefits of migration for both origin and destination countries.

  3. Event

    Sub-Regional Tripartite Consultations for the Formulation of Skills Partnerships on Migration in Central Africa

    Skills partnerships can contribute to reaping migrants’ potential more effectively, being an innovative mechanism for maximising brain gain and sharing the benefits of migration for both origin and destination countries.

  4. Press release

    Support for the development of Skills for Trade and Economic Diversification (STED) in Ghana

    15 August 2019

    ILO and partners organize capacity building workshop to support the development of skills strategies for three sectors in Ghana in alignment with Government agenda of addressing the skills mismatch of the TVET sector.

  5. Project documentation

    SKILL-UP Flyer

    17 June 2019

    This flyer provides an overview of the main areas of work of the SKILL-UP Programme.

  6. Article

    In Malawi, bolstering youth and women's employment through sectoral skills strategies

    12 June 2019

    This article looks at skills development strategies implemented in the agricultural sector in Malawi, and consider some of the lessons that can be drawn for aid for trade initiatives more broadly.

  7. Event

    ILO-Norway “SKILL-UP” Partnership Programme meet to examine progress and plans by the end of the year

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) invited representatives of the ILO’s SKILLS Branch and ILO’s Partnerships for Development Department (PARDEV) to Oslo on 14 February to examine progress on Phase II of the Norway-ILO Programme Collaboration Agreement (PCA).

  8. Workshop

    SKILL-UP Ethiopia: National Multi-stakeholder Roundtable

    22 February 2019

    As part of the Norwegian-funded SKILL-UP Programme, the International Labour Organization (ILO), in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of Ethiopia, organized a national multi-stakeholder roundtable to identify opportunities for assistance in skills development from the ILO

  9. Workshop

    SKILL-UP project meeting and STED Training

    07 February 2019

    National Project Coordinators from the SKILL-UP Programme, funded by Norway, and representatives from the G20 Training Strategy Project, funded by the Russian Federation, gathered in Geneva in January to strengthen their capacity to understand and apply the Skills for Trade and Economic Diversification (STED) methodology at the country level.