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Identifying pathways to work that allow youth to shine

The question of whether the pivotal players in the field of vocational skills can do more to open up avenues for talented young people to succeed will be at the center of discussion and debate at WorldSkills Conference 2017.

On the sidelines of the world’s largest skills competition, which will be held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 14-19 October, the Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN) will host a sector-spanning discussion focusing on what has succeeded in advancing skills development around the world, where gaps remain, and how they can be bridged.

The session, entitled ‘Enabling a generation to work: innovative approaches to tackle youth unemployment’, reflects the goal of GAN, a coalition of global companies, employer federations and international organizations dedicated to addressing the skills mismatch and youth unemployment, and enabling provision of work-readiness training that ensures young people have the skills that businesses need. Launched as an 'action-driven' initiative by the G20 forum and its business-focused arm, B20, in 2013, it was tasked with promoting “skills for business and jobs for youth”, chiefly through apprenticeships.

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Shaping the future of skills through harnessing global knowledge and insight

Key global challenges that must be tackled to nurture skills, and maximize their impact on economic prosperity, will be placed in focus through expert led forums at WorldSkills Conference 2017, 16-17 October in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The British Council, the UK’s international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities, is a Coalition Partner of the WorldSkills Conference. It is hosting three sessions at the Conference at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, that will each address a pivotal topic in the sphere of skills development.

The sessions are designed to capitalize on the global profile of the event – with 1,300 young people from 60 Member countries and regions competing in 51 skills categories at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from 14-19 October. Education leaders, policy makers, senior practitioners, and employers will also be in attendance and will exchange knowledge, ideas, and opinions on how to ensure Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) plays a central role in economic strategies around the world.

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BeChangeMakers Enter Phase Two of their Social Entrepreneurship Development

Aspiring social entrepreneurs from around the world have faced down some of society’s greatest challenges through an online initiative inspiring them to be global agents of change – and revealed how it is changing their lives, their worldviews, and their horizons.

Seven teams of young people took part in stage two of the BeChangeMaker, a programme initiated by WorldSkills International and the HP Foundation that focuses on addressing social, cultural, economic, health, educational, and environmental problems, and aims to empower the world’s youth to explore, harness, and realize their potential.

The programme includes  a series of online training projects that help participants take the first step towards being thinkers and doers who generate positive social impact. Joining forces with like-minded young people from their communities, groups representing Colombia, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, and South Africa have embarked on three phases of the initiative.

Having first identified the issue their BeChangeMaker project is designed to address, what is already happening in this sphere and what approach they will take, stage two saw the groups employ Design Thinking to develop a solution, through creating a prototype, testing their ideas, and then making an online pitch to expert judges on August 31.

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Mismatch of talent and job market demand at the centre of debate at WorldSkills Conference  2017

Why global unemployment remains persistently high, when so many roles are left unfilled, will be the subject of a topical session to be held at the world’s greatest skills competition in October.

At WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 - to be held in the UAE capital 14-19 October - the International Labour Organization (ILO) – a Conference Coalition Partner of WorldSkills International – will host a session on “Jobs and Skills Mismatch”. 

The moderated panel discussion will examine the impact of skills mismatch on labour markets - tackling the role of low quality education, demographic change, rapid technological development, new sources of job creation, newly created forms of work organisation, as well as an examination of policy gaps.

Paul Comyn, Senior Vocational Skills and Development Specialist in the ILO’s Skills branch, said the advent of the fourth industrial revolution mean there must be worldwide changes to prepare for dramatic changes to the way that we learn, live, and work.

"The connectivity of cyber-physical systems is transforming the needs of society and employers — and breaking down the limits of national borders,” he said. "There is a danger that the demand for new skills, to match future industries, may outpace the provision of appropriate training and education. So how should the VET sector respond to the continuous developments of emerging technologies? How should we promote international cooperation? And, what will be the face of skills in an era without borders?”

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Young social entrepreneurs unite to drive positive global change

Skilled youth from around the world are gearing up for an online competition that will see them influence social change on a global level.

Seven teams of budding social entrepreneurs are taking part in the next stage of the BeChangeMaker, a programme for social entrepreneurs focused on addressing social, cultural, economic, health, educational, and environmental problems. To see their projects in development and to vote on your favourite visit BeChangeMaker online.

Initiated by WorldSkills International and the HP Foundation, BeChangeMaker is a series of online training projects that help youth explore their career potential as social entrepreneurs – thinkers and doers who differ from traditional enterprises in that their key focus is to generate positive social impact, rather than simply financial reward.

BeChangeMaker participants have teamed up with other talented and like-minded young people from their communities to co-learn virtually and co-create locally. The groups representing Colombia, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, and South Africa will complete three stages within the programme.

They have already completed stage one of the three-step programme, which saw them explore social issues, learn about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and examine case studies highlighting the journeys of other social entrepreneurs. 

Their first assignment was to define the problem their BeChangeMaker project will address, as they were tasked to research what is currently being done to solve it and what their own approach would be. Having defined the problem, the groups have moved on to stage two: applying Design Thinking to identify a solution, create a prototype, and then test their ideas. 

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