Lifelong learning is a concept that has been around for decades. But with the rapid changes we are seeing in the world of work, it now is a key to remaining employable over the course of a career. This was the main message to emerge from a recent discussion on Lifelong Learning for the Future of Work organized by the ILO’s Skills and Employability Branch through its Global Skills for Employment Knowledge Sharing Platform.
It’s 8:30 am, a school day and there are 20 ten-year olds waiting excitedly for the game to begin. Their chatter echoes across the high-walled school gymnasium. They ooh and aah, and point at an enormous colourful carpet laid out in front of them.
One of the most gratifying aspects of my job with the ILO in Geneva is getting to see how our work directly supports advocates for safe and healthy work conditions at national levels. Last month, I was in Latin America talking with young workers and employers about occupational safety and health (OSH) issues, in preparation for SafeDay 2018. This year, SafeDay is focused on improving workplace safety and health for young workers aged 15-24, who suffer a disproportionately high rate of on-the-job injuries. The visit provided a glimpse into the work of ILO partners devoted to ensuring labour rights and improving workers’ lives.