Policy Brief

Tripartite Sector Skills Bodies

Sector Skills Bodies (SSBs) aim to increase and strengthen the involvement of industry in the way skill systems are governed and operate. This policy brief outlines some of the issues that need to be addressed when establishing and operating tripartite SSBs, examines the different mandates and structures that have been adopted internationally and presents a number of key actions that will improve the likelihood of sustainable SSBs being established. The brief presents the findings of existing research on SSBs and draws on the experience from ongoing ILO country level support to constituents involved in establishing or reviewing sector skills bodies. SSBs have a long history in many countries and are now attracting renewed attention as more countries adopt a sectoral approach to skills development.