Skills Development

Skills Development in a changing world of work

In today's rapidly evolving world of work, shaped by technological advances, climate change, globalization, geopolitics and more, adaptability is becoming increasingly important for workers in the labour market.

Skills Development is a crucial element of this as it allows individuals to adapt to the changing demands of the workforce and enhance their employability. By acquiring, improving and broadening a range of skills and competencies, people can remain competitive in the labour market and take advantage of new opportunities. It is also necessary to ensure the productivity and competitiveness of factories around the world. By investing in a certain set of skills, business can improve their capacity to manufacture quality products and deliver them on time.

By investing in Skills Development, countries, enterprises, and individuals can unlock opportunities for employment and economic advancement, and help in building more inclusive societies.

Keen to find out more about Skills Development? This section provides latest news, data, analysis and learning resources on the subject, as well as opportunities to connect with leading skills organizations and projects.

Vietnam's Textile Industry: The Need for Up-Skilling and Innovation

Vietnam's Textile Industry: The Need for Up-Skilling and Innovation

6 questions for Mr Truong Van Cam, Vice President and Secretary General of the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS), on the topic of Skills Development.

Towards a generation of green and sustainable enterprises - skills matter

Towards a generation of green and sustainable enterprises - skills matter

An op-ed by Ingrid Christensen, director of the Vietnam office for the International Labour Organization (ILO), on how man-made climate change is real and is posing a threat to the planet and its inhabitants, and how it affects scenarios for sustainable occupations.

Explainer: What you should know about the  ILO project "Future of Work in Textile and Clothing"

Explainer: What you should know about the ILO project "Future of Work in Textile and Clothing"

Find out why Viet Nam, as a leading garment exporter, is pivotal in driving Skills Development in the garment & textiles sector. 

News on Skills Development

Seminar held on need of required skills to meet challenges of textile industry

BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology (BUFT) hosted a pivotal seminar titled “Need of Required Skills to Meet the Challenges of Textile Industry” on Thursday. The event attracted a diverse audience, including industry leaders, academics, and students.

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How to build better supply chains in four key sourcing countries

Labour leaders in Myanmar, the Philippines, China and Bangladesh share the insights that brands need to bear in mind before barrelling in to change things locally.

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EESC-Cedefop forum on skills: the EU must anticipate trends in order to keep up, and not just adapt to change

More flexible and even tailored pathways to upskilling and lifelong learning can be one way of reaching people with low skills levels, from poorer backgrounds or at risk of social exclusion. Attention still needs to be paid to gender imbalances in labour markets.

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Resources on Skills Development

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Research Brief: Addressing Upskilling and Reskilling Challenges in Viet Nam's Key Industries

ILO/GIZ rapid assessment of upskilling and reskilling needs in Viet Nam’s textiles and garments and automotive sectors.

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Asia Garment Hub  | May 23, 2024

ILO Fact Sheet: Future of Work in Textiles and Clothing

Viet Nam is one of the biggest exporters of garment goods in the world. The textiles and garment sector which has become one of the largest manufacturing sectors and plays an important role in driving socio-economic development and job creation, fostering labour mobility, and...

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Arron Goldman  | April 11, 2024

ILO Guide: Skills for Trade and Economic Diversification - A Practical Guide

The ILO has designed technical assistance tool to help policy-makers work with the private sector and employers' and workers' organizations in thinking strategically about the skills demands of tomorrow and about the supply responses required today.

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Arron Goldman  | April 10, 2024

ILO Guide: Rapid STED - A Practical Guide

This guide provides advice on implementing an updated approach to STED that has been piloted in a number of countries over the last two years in collaboration with national partners.

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Arron Goldman  | April 10, 2024

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This visual map shows who’s doing what and where in the industry in Asia. Search for partners and connect with organizations and initiatives working on Decent Work and Sustainability. Register a profile on the Asia Garment Hub to gain full access to the map and its features.
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