Improving the labour market prospects and quality of work for those disadvantaged in the labour market is a key focus of the ILO’s research and capacity building agenda. Concerted and focused efforts are needed to improve outreach, quality and relevance of education and training, and improve the links to the world of work. Given the heterogeneity of disadvantaged groups, such as women, youth, persons with disabilities, workers in rural areas or in the informal economy, migrants or refugees, education and training systems and programmes need to:
- overcome the range of existing barriers through carefully designed policy intervention;
- respond flexibly to different needs, and;
- address questions of status and challenge social perceptions.