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ILO Skills Challenge Innovation: 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.

Location: Geneva


The winning entry will receive substantial support comprised on the following:

  • Financial support: The winner will receive a $50,000 grant to implement the proposed solution;
  • Six-month innovation lab: The winner will receive technical support to transform the idea into a prototype ready to be piloted, including through boot camps and remote mentoring via a virtual platform;
  • Worldwide visibility: The winner will receive support through awareness-raising of the idea and solution, including an invitation to a global event to present the innovation concept to potential partners and sponsors, press articles in media channels, videos, among others;
  • Extended network and partnerships: The winner and shortlisted entries will join the ILO’s Global Network of Skills Innovators. They will have the opportunity to exchange with other innovators and share their solutions with ILO’s stakeholders.


  • This application is open to individuals or formally constituted organizations that must have existed for at least two years before April 13, 2020.
  • The organizations can include cooperatives, educational institutions, government agencies, NGOs, Civil Society, regional and sectoral bodies, public and private enterprises, and research institutions.
  • The above bodies or individuals can present ideas and solutions at any development stage.
  • The idea can also be at an early stage or a more mature innovation. Also, it can belong to one person or to different groups of people such as governments, employers and workers’ organizations.

In addition to the aforementioned, the proposal must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • The solution answers one or more of the questions of the challenge listed in section 1;
  • The proposed solution responds to a clear need;
  •  The proposed solution has the support and commitment of key stakeholders;
  • Applicants are available and able to commence the Innovation Lab phase from September 2020.

Eligible Regions: Open for all

Application Deadline: April 30, 2020

Official Link: https://www.ilo.org/skills/projects/innovation-facility/WCMS_733982/lang–en/index.html