National Skills Policies and Lifelong Learning

National policies to improve the development and use of skills can emerge from a number of policy domains, not necessarily restricted to education and labour. The crosscutting nature of skills means that local and regional development, trade, industry and migration policies are all relevant to skills and national efforts to build a lifelong learning system.

ILO work in this area supports constituents to develop, monitor, evaluate and review skills policies, with research and technical assistance addressing different technical issues at different stages of the policy cycle. Work under this area also contributed to development of the G20 Training Strategy, where the ILO set out a number of key building blocks of skills policies and systems.