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WorldSkills Conference 2017

Skills strategies for a globalized world

16–17 October 2017
ADNEC Abu Dhabi, UAE

WorldSkills Conference 2017 is the event where you can help shape the global skills agenda, with other leading figures from industry, governments, international organizations, and academia. Join these opinion formers as we explore the changing skills demands of the globalized world, and the required response.

 

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Skills strategies for a globalized world

The advent of the fourth industrial revolution means that we must prepare urgently 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. 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 future of skills in an era when borders have become less of an obstacle to movement?

CONFERENCE BROCHURE

 

Conference Programme

16 October 2017

TimeConference Room AConference Room B

8:30

Welcome

 

9:00

Opening plenary: Shaping skills strategy in a globalized world

Panel

 

10:00

Coffee Break

10:30

What skills do employers really need?

In partnership with British Council and City & Guilds

Panel

Skills for a new and transforming economy: Demand

In partnership with WorldSkills Kazan 2019

Keynote, Panel and workshop

11:30

Skills Development in Cities: Powering the engines of economic growth

In partnership with British Council

Panel Debate

12:30

Lunch

13:30

Jobs and Skills mismatch

In partnership with ILO

Keynote followed by Panel

Enabling a generation to work: innovation and partnership to tackle youth unemployment

In partnership with Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN)

Panel 

15:00

Coffee Break

15:30

Skills and Careers without Borders – First session: Identification of changing skills demands

In partnership with the European Commission and Cedefop

Panel

 

17:30

Session end

18:00

Networking Reception, ADNEC

17 October 2017

TimeConference Room AConference Room B

8:30

Connecting creativity and technology. How do they collaborate and coexist?

In partnership with WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017

Debate

Implications of global economic trends and market forces for anticipated skill needs

In partnership with UNESCO

Panel

9:15

Skills and Careers without Borders – Second session: Towards new coordination and governance approaches

In partnership with the European Commission and the European Training Foundation (ETF)

Panel

Global Skills Snapshot: a look at three systems (starts at 9:30)

In partnership with British Council

Workshop

10:30

Coffee Break

11:00

How do we shape the education system today to be adaptive for future change?

In partnership with WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017

Panel

Skills for a new and transforming economy: response

In partnership with WorldSkills Kazan 2019


Keynote, panel and workshop

11:45

Skills and Careers without Borders – Third Session: How to promote skills without borders?

In partnership with the European Commission

Panel

12:45

Lunch

13:45

VIP tour of the WorldSkills Competition
with WorldSkills Honorary Members and WorldSkills Champions Trust

15:00

Coffee Break

15:30

Closing Plenary

International Ministers and Youth

 

16:45

Closing Summary

 

17:00

Conference end

19:00

Conference Dinner, location TBD

About the Conference Programme

The WorldSkills Conference Programme (WSCP) is a conference and events programme that brings leaders in education, government, business, and industry from around the globe together to share best practice and learn about global trends and issues found in Vocational Education and Training (VET), skills demand, skills of the future as well as skills excellence and development.