ILO Forum to examine the role of skills development in trade, employability and inclusive growth

ILO Forum to examine the role of skills development in trade, employability and inclusive growth

The Forum will bring together a broad spectrum of participants to share knowledge and lessons learned from implementing strategies for promoting skills development for trade, employability and inclusive growth.

SIEM REAP, Cambodia – Faced with new challenges brought on by globalization and a rapidly-changing labour market, the International Labour Organization (ILO) will bring together a broad spectrum of leading international and regional experts to examine the role of skills development in promoting trade, employability and inclusive growth.

The Inter-regional Technical Forum on Skills for Trade, Employability and Inclusive Growth will be held on 30-31 May in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Participants will share knowledge gained and lessons learned from the implementation of the G20 Training Strategy on creating a skilled workforce for strong, sustainable and balanced growth  and other initiatives.“Skills and training are key components of a future agenda for full and decent employment for all countries, including the least developed,” says Girma Agune, Chief of the Skills and Employability Branch, Employment Policy Department, ILO, Geneva. “There is a need to invest in cutting-edge skills development systems and policies that can improve the links between education, training and enterprises, especially for disadvantaged groups, including women and young workers.”

The ILO projects that some 40 million people enter the labour market each year, underscoring the urgent need for effective skills development systems and policies. While globalization has driven significant economic development and diversification in sectors with potential for growth in productive and higher value-added jobs, both enterprises and workers constantly face the challenge of have the right skills to match the demands of globalization, technological change and other factors in the labour market.

Among the agenda items to be discussed are:

  • Good practices in bridging skills to trade, employability and inclusive growth;
  • Opportunities and challenges due to globalization and trade;
  • Skills strategies that diversify economies and improve employment opportunities and economic resilience;
  • Skills, technology and the changing work organization;
  • Inclusive growth involving disadvantaged groups, including women, youth and rural communities; and,
  • The role of skills in environmentally sustainable and inclusive development.

Development partners and donor agencies, government officials, representatives of employers’ and workers’ organizations, education and training providers from countries targeted under ILO programmes and projects, and international organizations will have a unique opportunity to share information about effective skills and employability strategies for strengthening the links between training and productive and decent work.

“In today’s labour market, we need to address the challenges of globalization and technological change, among other factors,” Mr. Agune said. “To successfully manage this transition, more investment in skills and training will be needed to prepare governments, workers and enterprises for the workplace realities of today and tomorrow.”

The Forum is organized through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)-funded Skills for Trade and Economic Diversification (STED) programme , and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) funded “Skills for Employment and Productivity in Low-Income countries” project. Reference