SKILL-UP Programme in brief

Project documentation | 10 April 2019
SKILL-UP Programme focuses on helping constituents find national-relevant answers to the following questions:
  • What skills will be needed to ensure future economic success?
  • How can their skills systems leverage the economic potential of trade, integration, technological progress, international migration, or other global drivers of change?
  • How can skills development systems be improved and reformed to better deliver the skills needs of industries and workers, and how can such reforms be planned and implemented?
  • How should governance mechanisms be organised and what institutions should participate?
  • How can a skills system remove all barriers to access and leave nobody behind?
The Programme plans to achieve its objectives by adopting a two-pronged approach: a global component that concentrates on generating innovative knowledge and practical tools, and work at the country level, specifically, in Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, Malawi, Ethiopia and Lebanon.

In meeting these objectives, the ILO assists Constituents in these countries to develop or reform their skills systems. The ILO uses its long-standing expertise and experience as an added-value and seeks to maximize the impact of country-level work by producing global knowledge products, give visibility to common challenges across countries, convene international discussions and use global expertise to strengthen the capacity at the country level. Both components contribute to the same goal: Achieving Outcome 1 of the ILO’s Programme and Budget: More and better jobs for inclusive growth and improved youth employment prospects.

SKILL-UP Global:

SKILL-UP Global supports skills systems in three ways:
  • Generating knowledge and tools on the impact of different drivers of change on skills systems, including innovation.
  • Strengthening partnerships that support countries in preparing their skills systems to meet the challenges of contemporary megatrends impacting the world of work.
  • Strengthening capacity development and advocacy.
Target groups:
Direct beneficiaries: national and regional Constituents, and academic institutions.
Ultimate beneficiaries: young women and men interested and willing to acquire vocational skills relevant to the labour market and that contribute to countries economic prosperity; adult workers.

SKILL-UP Country Projects:

SKILL-UP country projects have three parts:
• Skills Anticipation
• Skills Systems
• Skills for Social Inclusion

The SKILL-UP Programme has three main entry points for its intervention strategy at the country-level that aim at answering the following questions:
• How can skills systems enable the benefits of trade integration?
• How can skills systems help economies and individual benefit from the technological change?
• How can skills systems support fair labour migration for all so that migrants and refugees can be integrated into the labour market and society through access to employment opportunities that reduce their vulnerabilities and support local economies and enterprise development?

Target groups:
Direct beneficiaries: National Governments, public institutions, TVET providers, social partners and industry associations.
Ultimate beneficiaries: youth enrolled or candidates of TVET, especially from vulnerable groups and disadvantaged background.

Skills Partnership on Migration:

The SKILL-UP 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.