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Leaders Forum 2003


"Closing the Skills Gap"

How serious is the gap between supply and demand for skilled labour? What factors cause this gap? How are companies dealing with the increasing challenge to employ the right work force?

Analyses, views and case studies by decision makers in the skills market.

Venue: Ekkehardsaal, Ekkehardhotel, St. Gallen


Registration and Aperitif

Word of Welcome
H. Stöckling - Minister of Education of the Canton of St. Gallen

Introducing WorldSkills and the WorldSkills Leaders Forum
T. Dusseldorp - President WorldSkills

Outline of objectives and program of this afternoon
L. Thibault - Vice-President Special Affairs WorldSkills
Master of Ceremony for the Forum

The Skills Gap - Perceptions and Reality

Minimizing the Gap - An Industrial Perspective
J. Roetman - General Manager Fluke Europe

The Skills Gap – The Finnish Perspective
Dr. C. Taxell - Chairman of the Board of Finnair

The Skills Gap - The Canadian Perspective
Ms D St-Jacques - Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of HR Development, Canada

Concluding remarks
L. Thibault