Bilateral labour migration agreements (BLMAs) have become important tools for facilitating the governance of labour migration. The present guidelines are part of the ILO effort in this area and focus on the specific inclusion of skills in BLMAs. It also focuses, on one hand, on extending the knowledge base on BLMAs, systematizing key concepts, and presenting the relevant international normative framework as well as examples of different approaches towards skills in existing agreements. On the other hand, it sheds light on funding mechanisms and arrangements for skills in BLMAs, which are vital for ensuring their effective implementation. These guidelines are issued within the framework of the Support to Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa project (FMM), funded by the EU and ECOWAS.