A Skilled Workforce for Strong, Sustainable and Balanced Growth:A G20 Training Strategy
In Pittsburgh in 2009 G20 leaders pledged “to support robust training efforts in [their]
growth strategies and investments” in the context of a framework for strong, sustainable
and balanced growth.
To that end, they called “on the ILO, in partnership with other organizations, to
convene its constituents and NGOs to develop a training strategy for [their] consideration”.1
The ILO has worked, in cooperation with other organizations, including the Organisation
for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and regional training
institutions, to develop a training strategy. Close consultations were held with representatives
of business and labour, and with skills experts from G20 and other countries.2
A preliminary version of the training strategy was submitted to the G20 Employment
and Labour Ministers Meeting convened in Washington, DC in April 2010. At
their Summit in Toronto, the Leaders welcomed the G20 Training Strategy.
The training strategy has benefited from the viewpoints given by ministers as well
as further consultations with workers’ and employers’ representatives and international
organizations and experts.
Investing in workforce skills: a widely shared objective
All G20 countries have identified skills development as a strategic objective. All are
stepping up investments in skills. India adopted an ambitious National Skills Development
Policy in 2009. South Africa is adjusting training strategies under the newly
created Ministry for Higher Education and Training.