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. Press release

    Winners of the inaugural Cambodia Skills Challenge Innovation Call announced

    05 February 2021

    Cambodia and UN step up efforts to support the digital transformation of skills sector as well as lessen the digital divide

  2. Winner Announcement Ceremony

    Meet the winners of the 1st Cambodia Skills Challenge Innovation Call

    The Ceremony will be presided over by the Minister of Labour and Vocational Training and the Resident Coordinator of the UN in Cambodia, along with the participation of the Director of the ILO Country Office for Thailand, Cambodia and Lao PDR.

  3. News

    Zimbabwe: Development of a Curriculum for Domestic Workers

    21 January 2021

  4. Workshop

    Support for the Development of a Curriculum for Domestic Workers in Zimbabwe

    The International Labour Organization (ILO), together with national stakeholders, is organizing a three-day workshop on domestic workers curriculum development as part of the Skills Innovation Lab’s activities to support the Domestic Workers Association of Zimbabwe (DWAZ), winner of the 1st Skills Challenge Innovation Call.

  5. Online bootcamp

    ILO hosts bootcamp to support the Domestic Worker Center, winner of the 1st Skills Challenge Innovation Call

    A five-day online bootcamp was organized from 16 to 20 November 2020 in collaboration with ILOITC.

  6. Virtual meeting

    The ILO Skills Innovation Facility has initiated the design of a global Skills Innovation Network

    A series of discussions are being held with a selected group of skills innovators to co-design the Network’s objectives and activities.

  7. Sector Skills Strategy

    Ghana: Tourism and Hospitality Sector

    26 August 2020

  8. Sector Skills Strategy

    Ghana: Construction Sector

    26 August 2020

  9. Publication

    Ghana: Sector Skills Strategy for Agriculture Sector

    26 August 2020

  10. Congratulations to the winners

    Cambodia Skills Challenge Innovation Call: See all the winners

    15 July 2020