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WorldSkills Conference 2017

Skills strategies for a globalized world

What skills do employers really need?

16 October 2017 at 10:30 in Conference Room A

In partnership with British Council and City and Guilds

The primary challenge of any skills development system is to provide what industry requires. Through two panels – one with a range of employers and the other from education – this session will explore if educators are equipped to meet the needs of employers, and whether employers always request the skills that are vital for long term growth, especially in the context of globalization and other shocks to the labour market. The changing requirements of employers in the GCC will be addressed in detail.


Tracy Ferrier (Moderator), Global Skills Lead, British Council

Kirstie Donnelly, Managing Director, City and Guilds

Helmut Schwarzl, CEO, Geberit Produktions GmbH & Co KG

Sabrin Rahman, MD, HSBC

Raymond Patel, CEO, merSETA