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Pilot Programme on Vocational Education and Training

VET systems have developed into comprehensive clockworks. They strive to respond to immediate labour market needs for skills and to improve productivity and competitiveness in all sectors, in which competent human resources are a critical factor for a successful integration of skills development into national employment and development strategies.

VET systems are to support long-term capacity development, and be flexible enough to accommodate new socio-economic conditions and structural changes as they arise triggered, inter alia, by climate change, globalization, demographic trends, technological progress and last, but not least, by the current financial crisis.

Overall Objective

Against this background, the Pilot Programme on Vocational Education and Training of the ITC-ILO in particular intends to contribute (i) to the on-going development of national VET policies and regulatory frameworks for demand-driven VET systems, (ii) to continuous improvement of VET delivery, both in qualitative and quantitative terms, and (iii) to targeted strengthening of decentralized VET institutions. The Pilot Programme, thereby, build on ILO´s cornerstones of decent work: fundamental principles and rights at work, employment and income opportunities for women and men, social protection and, finally, social dialogue and tripartism.

Learning Objective

In order to cope with such challenging environments, human resources need to present an in-depth understanding of all components inherent to a VET system including their systemic functioning, professional commitment and courage for innovation and strategic decisions in conjunction with excellent administrative, managerial and entrepreneurial
competencies. The Pilot Programme on VET is therefore aiming at (i) strengthened capacities for constant monitoring and evaluation of the VET system (cognitive dimension), (ii) strengthened dedication to improving the system´s overall performance (affective dimension), and (iii) strengthened capacities to design and deliver innovative approaches and solutions on system, institutional and beneficiaries` levels (psychomotor dimension).


Given the systemic nature of the Pilot Programme on VET, it is concentrating on a broad range of interested participants embracing not exhaustively:

- Tripartite constituents including decision-makers in parliaments, involved ministries, associations and unions;
- VET administrators in ministries, regional and municipal authorities, research institutes, certification authorities,
employment services,
- Public and private VET training institutions, teachers, instructors, private businesses and (small) industries, and
- CSOs and media representatives, local consultancies, financial intermediaries, international (donor) agencies
and projects.


The Pilot Programme offers a variety of ITC-ILO services in support of a VET system:
- Pillar A: Holistic training core courses on the entire VET system and its functioning;
- Pillar B: Thematic training core courses with an emphasis on certain aspects of a VET system: "ITC-ILOs VET Framework Portfolio" comprises: Strategic Planning in VET systems, Sector Policy Support Programmes (SPSPs) in VET, Good governance in VET systems, Financial Management in VET systems, Labour markets and VET system performance, Management of VET institutions, Social Partnerships in VET/Public-private partnerships and traineeships/apprenticeships, Education and training in VET systems, and Procurement in VET systems. Pillar B foresees also a number of pilot courses on cross-cutting issues, e.g. Skills anticipation, VET responses to crisis, Portability of skills, Migration, or on topics suggested by addressees, and offers gatherings on VET issues in form of conferences or summer academies;
- Pillar C: Coaching and training-on-the-job, e.g. by embarking on studies, drafting of papers (including smaller research), M&E reports;
- Pillar D, Cluster-based interventions through training and coaching. Cross-sectoral issues with relevance to VET such as climate, energy, green jobs will be addressed as well as productive sector clusters such as agriculture and its inherent value chains, rural infrastructure and construction, together with service sector clusters, namely health, tourism, and car maintenance. Of particular importance will be VET support to Civil Society/Good Governance development by targeting civil service, judiciary and penitentiary reforms and media. The Pilot Programme on VET foresees also an ILO post-graduate Master of Science course on VET to be implemented under the auspices of the ILO Director-General


Evidently, the provision of training follows the Turin Learning Approach with a blended, learner-centred, flexible design, geared to the concrete job-related needs of participants. Training methods will include presentations by ILO, Turin Centre specialists and from invited external experts. In this context, ITC-ILO is actively seeking cooperation with its
strategic partners. Country/thematic group work, brainstorming and discussions will complement presentations, with a view to stimulating participants' ability to link concepts and data to their own work and life experience. Coaching and training-on-the-job services apply state-of-the art methodologies.


Please send your inquiries to

The Training Unit Employment and Skills Development of the International Training Centre of the ILO

10, Viale Maestri del Lavoro
10127 Turin, Italy
Phone: + 39.011.693 6757
Fax: + 39.011.693 6451

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