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


  1. 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).

  2. 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

  3. 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.