Press release

Assessment of the labour market & skills analysis: Iraq and Kurdistan Region-Iraq


On 8 December 2019, UNESCO in cooperation with the Ministry of Planning in Kurdistan Region of Iraq and the Erbil Chamber of Commerce and Industry, held a launch event for the Report of Iraq labour Market Assessment followed by an expert workshop dedicated to “labour market & skills analysis: outcomes for key sectors”. Approximately 100 experts and stakeholders attended the event and 35 attended the workshop later to discuss how to deliver significant benefits to citizens and consumers across several industry sectors by utilising such results.

The Labour Market Assessment and Sector Skills Analysis project was a key component of the UNESCO Iraq TVET Reform programme, funded by the EU, in partnership with the governments of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.

The main aim of the project is to supply comprehensive and up to date information to match skills provided by TVET providers and the skills actually needed and valued by seven selected industry sectors. The sectors are wholesale, retail and vehicle maintenance; transport and storage; manufacture; ICT; construction; hospitality; and agriculture.

The workshop provided an extensive overview of various labour market business models, challenges, gaps, opportunities and practical examples. The workshop was attended by a number of Ministries Representatives, including Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, as well as by representatives of the private Sector. It helped to further raise awareness of labour market issues and the potential challenges ahead in a fast developing environment.

The Labour Market Assessment and Sector Skills Analysis was designed to find out about graduate supply from the education and training institutions; and the evolving demand of employers, and about emerging trends in the economic sectors which will affect the skills needed in the future. The project provides the information needed for planning and prioritising and resourcing the further development of the technical and vocational education and training system. It also provides a model for updating labour market information to inform planning and decision making in the future


Three TV channels covered the event, Rudaw TV and Kurdsat TV made interviews.