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WorldSkills Conference 2017

Skills strategies for a globalized world

16–17 October 2017
ADNEC Abu Dhabi, UAE

Policymakers, practitioners and young professionals shared a stage on which they hope to lay the foundation for the future of vocational skills on the closing day of the WorldSkills Conference 2017.

Held as part of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 – the 44th edition of the world’s largest and most prestigious skills competition, hosted by the Middle East and North Africa region for the first time – the high-level conference has brought together government representatives, thought leaders, and young people from around the world to tackle the biggest issues surrounding technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in a rapidly-changing world.

Over two days of discussion, debate, insight, and exploration at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), the Conference has sought to address how vocational skills adapt to the dramatic impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the way people live, learn, and work, and how the global skills landscape can cultivate the competencies that employers will need into the future.

Presentations and videos from the Conference will be available shortly. Catch up on the highlights of the Conferenceview the photos, and watch the summary video.


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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 (PDF)

 

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: innovative approaches 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, Cedefop,and the European Training Foundation (ETF)

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, Cedefop,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, Cedefop, and the European Training Foundation (ETF)

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

Venue

ADNEC is one of the largest exhibition centres in the Middle East, with an indoor and outdoor capacity of nearly 130,000 square meters and a deep water mooring facility. WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 will be the largest and most complex event ever staged at ADNEC.

Officially opened in 2007 by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates, ADNEC is distinguished by Capital Gate, a notable addition to the city’s skyline with the world’s furthest leaning tower, more than four times that of the leaning tower of Pisa.

WorldSkills Competition

The Conference will be held against the backdrop of the WorldSkills Competition, where more than 1,250 competitors from 60 countries and regions will gather together for the chance to win a prestigious medal in their chosen skill. As well as being the greatest skills competition, WorldSkills is a unique opportunity for all the countries and regions that participate to benchmark their vocational education and training systems.

17 October (Day 2) Conference Programme includes a VIP tour of the WorldSkills Competition for all delegates.

worldskillsabudhabi2017.com

Contact us

For more information, or to explore how we can tailor your experience, contact conference@worldskills.org.

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The event is guided by the strategic vision of:

 

 

About the Conference

The WorldSkills Conference 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.