ILO Skills Challenge Innovation Call: Finding solutions to skills mismatch

The ILO is calling on individuals and organizations to share innovative ideas and solutions to address the skills mismatch challenge. The ILO Skills Challenge Innovation Call will recognise and support the development of solutions that aim to address the different forms and dimensions of skills mismatch.

These can include proposals to:

  • enhance the effectiveness of vocational education and training programmes through innovative delivery and assessment partnerships;
  • improve the development and recognition of knowledge, skills and attributes of employees through innovative work based learning initiatives;
  • empower enterprises to better utilise the skills of their workers;
  • improve the collection, analysis, management and use of data and information on skill needs and labour market trends;
  • improve the training and employment of under-represented groups including migrant and refugees, people with disabilities, young people and women;
  • improve the provision of active labour market programmes through the integrated provision of vocational and job search assistance, training and work placement for the unemployed; and
  • to establish new and innovative multi-stakeholder partnerships to address skills mismatch at the regional, sectoral or local levels.

Who can participate?

All kind of actors: any individual or any formally constituted and registered organisation/company in existence for at least two calendar years prior to the deadline. By organizations we mean cooperatives, education and training institutions (including schools, public and private training providers and universities), government agencies, NGOs and civil society organizations, public and private enterprises, regional and sectoral bodies and research organisations.

The call is open to all ideas and solutions at any stage of development. They can be at an early-stage or more mature innovation. They can be a one person’s idea or involve a collaborative joint effort from different actors, such as governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations.

An expert evaluation panel will evaluate all proposals and the winner will receive support to turn the idea into reality and cement their role as innovators in skills development.

The winning will receive:

  • Financial support: $50,000 grant to implement the proposed solution;
  • Six-month innovation lab;
  • Worldwide visibility;
  • Extended network and partnerships.

Submission deadline: 13 April 2020 (midnight, Geneva time)

Announcement of winner: 14 May 2020

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