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. Results announcement

    Meet the finalists of the 1st ILO Skills Challenge Innovation Call

    15 July 2020

  2. Document

    SKILL-UP Programme results

    09 July 2020

    This results book provides an overview of the impact of the SKILL-UP Programme over the past two years. 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

  3. News

    Apprenticeship programme resumes after COVID-19 closure

    01 July 2020

    Training institutions in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar resume with Apprenticeship Programme after nation-wide COVID-19 closures.

  4. Web page

    Skills partnerships on migration

    12 June 2020

    The ILO promotes skills partnerships for migration for more investment in skills development and recognition, including through the Global Skills Partnership on Migration (GSPM) jointly with IOM, UNESCO, ITUC and IOE

  5. News

    SKILL-UP NIGER: Towards empowering women victims of modern slavery through skills development

    18 May 2020

    The International Labour Organization (ILO), with the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, have launched a project in Niger to empower victims of forced labour through skills development.

  6. News

    The continuity of an impactful partnership ILO-Norway PCA 2020-21

    18 May 2020

    A total of 362,075 people have benefited from the Programme’s activities and now a new phase is about to start.

  7. News

    The 1st ILO Skills Challenge Innovation Call draws 473 applications from nearly 100 countries

    14 May 2020

  8. Web page

    State of Skills - Country briefs

    01 April 2020

    The SKILL-UP Programme produced 36 country profiles on the state of TVET policies and systems, as well as a regional brief on the state to skills in Africa. These briefs provide a mapping of skills systems across all regions.

  9. Event

    Launch of the 1st Skills Challenge Innovation Call

    The first Skills Challenge Innovation Call will recognize and support the development of solutions that aim to address the different forms and dimensions of skills mismatch.

  10. Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA)

    South-South and Triangular Cooperation Skills Forum

    The event aims to address the discussion on skills development with a focus on job rich sectors. It seeks to promote the ILO Centenary Declaration with a strong focus on Skills development, through peer learning between Middle Eastern and North African constituents – at national and sector levels.