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ETF-ILO workshop offers chance to improve policies for financing skills development

The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the European Training Foundation (ETF) are teaming up to run a training workshop in Turin mid-November on improving the financing of VET and skills training.

Aimed at policymakers, governmental technical advisors, training experts and representatives of workers' and employers' bodies, course participants will learn how to develop a systematic view of how skills development and technical vocational education and training (TVET) can be developed and financed.

The five-day workshop "Financing of Skills Development" - scheduled 12-16 November at Turin's ILO Training Centre (ITCILO) - will discuss the "underlying principles, general guidelines and different approaches to identify adequate financing mechanisms for sustainable skills development and TVET systems," organizers say.

Based at the Turin Centre - a modern campus complex set in tree-fringed parkland on the banks of the river Po - the course is among the more than 450 programmes and projects the centre hosts for around 11,000 people from more than 180 countries annually.

The course, taught in English and French, will examine the key principles of a sound skills development policy - and the finances needed to underpin it.

"The main objective of this course is to strengthen participants’ capacities to analyse and review the systems and mechanisms for financing on skills development and TVET, as well as to find entry points for improving financing mechanisms, both at the system-level, as well as at the level of TVET centres," organizers say.

Applications are invited from individuals who must provide an official "sponsorship letter" issued by their organisation (or a donor organisation) nominating their participation and confirming they will cover the cost of the course and travel between their country and the Turin Centre. Fellowships of are available to help offset course costs.

Deadline for applications is October 10, 2018.