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Skills development

A skilled workforce that meets the demands of a country’s labour market is central to its economic and social development.

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Lack of skilled human resources is a major obstacle to economic development in many parts of the world. Too many people leave formal education unprepared for the twenty-first century labour market. Those already in work are often ill-equipped to deal with the shifting demands of global competition and technological change. The resulting unemployment or underemployment can cause socioeconomic stagnation, with a particular impact on marginalised groups.

Our skills development team has expertise spanning a wide range of technical and sectoral areas, combined with a keen understanding of policy development and implementation.

We apply a market-driven approach to skills development – working with governments, training providers and employers to ensure technical and vocational education and training (TVET) delivers the skills people need to succeed in today’s labour market and in the future.

Drawing on recognised best practice and global benchmarks in skills development, we support economic growth and social development by:

  1. Opening access to lifelong learning
  2. Creating vocational qualifications
  3. Delivering targeted training
  4. Matching supply to demand

The right skills for the job

Download our flyer to find out how our skills projects around the world are unlocking trainees’ potential and giving them the chance to learn the skills their country needs. Now and in the future.

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