Engagement of Social Partners in Skills Systems

The reform of skills systems around the world is increasingly recognizing the important role to be played by social partners. Having workers and employers organizations actively involved in skills systems at national, sectoral, enterprise and institutional levels is a key strategy to ensure the relevance and quality of training programs and the necessary dynamic to minimize skills mismatch.

ILO work in this area builds the capacity of its employer and worker constituents to more actively engage in skills systems and provides research and technical assistance related to the different forms of involvement possible. Recent research has included work to better understand the different ways in which trade unions have involved themselves in the skills agenda, and how employer bodies have participated in development of national skills policies.