Launch of E-Learning Training on Skills Needs Anticipation and Matching

On 2 June 2021, the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITC-ILO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched the online capacity development for skills anticipation and matching under the European Union (EU) funded Youth Employment in Mediterranean (YEM) project.

The UNESCO National Office in Palestine targeted 34 participants of governmental organizations and key partners to take online courses. The participants include the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Labour, Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), and Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS).

In this fast-paced world, technological and labour market changes profoundly affect Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and skills development. Skills needs anticipation, digital skills, e-learning tools, and innovative training methodologies are on the top of national policy agendas.

To stay updated on the latest developments, the innovative online training courses have been designed to meet the needs of key stakeholders such as policymakers in the labour market and skills development systems.

The main objective of this course is to help participants understand the central importance of identifying current and future skill needs and labour market imbalances in a broader policy framework. This innovative e-learning course has been designed according to a learner-centered approach. It is highly interactive and engaging and implemented over seven weeks.

Since 2015, UNESCO has been supporting Palestine on skills forecasting through the YEM project and will continue and further expand this work through a newly-established partnership with Enabel.

This level of collaboration between the two agencies, ILO and UNESCO in the occupied Palestinian Territories, responds to the Labour Sector Strategy and newly established National Employment Strategy for Palestine, which is well-aligned with the UNESCO’s TVET Strategy and ILO’s Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work.

As such, UNESCO and ILO stressed on the importance of focusing on people, a human-centered recovery for building back better, by prioritizing employment, skills building and development, income and social protection, workers’ rights, and social dialogue. If a lasting, sustainable and inclusive recovery for Palestinians is sought, this is the path that all partners must commit to. Accordingly, the ILO and UNESCO are committed to supporting the implementation of the strategies and investing in the Palestinian institutions and the future of the Palestinian economy

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