Skills development programs have been greatly affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The challenges faced by formal TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) and short-term skills training for out-of-school youth and current workers are unprecedented. The application of solutions such as learning from home differs substantially across countries and population groups, depending on access to electricity, internet connectivity, devices or media, learning platforms, and the preparedness of instructors and learners for remote education. Compared to other parts of the education system, the focus on practical skills and work readiness creates particular challenges for remote learning, since it generally is a weak substitute for practical activities and learning-by-doing, which constitutes a substantial part of TVET and other skills training programs. Still, plenty of opportunities exist especially for programs with a strong emphasis on academic subjects and which have practical activities that are already computer-based. Skills development programs can help mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, either in the immediate coping phase or when economies start to recover.