Skills for Social Inclusion

Students and teacher at Dusit Vocational and Technical College. Bangkok. Thailand. Young female gas station attendant, Sao Paulo, Brazil Cooking lessons. Vocational training centre for the young of Rwabuye. Rwanda.
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. 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, targeted initiatives to address their particular challenges are needed to better link education and training to the world of work. The ILO’s Training for Rural Economic Empowerment (TREE) Programme provides an example of a proven platform that assists those working in poor rural communities to build the relevant skills and abilities for employment and income generation.

Active labour market programmes (ALMPs) that offer a package of support services including remedial education, core skills, vocational and job readiness training, work experience, awareness of labour rights and occupational safety and health, job-search assistance, career guidance and counselling are more likely to enhance employability and facilitate transitions to decent work.

Key Resources

  1. Improving skills and productivity of disadvantaged youth

    15 January 2008

    Employment Working Paper No. 7

  2. Conclusions on skills for improved productivity, employment growth and development

    13 June 2008

    International Labour Conference, 2008

  3. Youth: Pathways to decent work: Promoting youth employment - tackling the challenge

    15 June 2005

    International Labour Conference, 93rd Session, 2005 ; International Labour Office.

  4. Youth at risk: The role of skills development in facilitating the transition to work

    01 June 2004

    EMP/SKILLS Working Paper No. 19