CEDEFOP-UNESCO global skills conference

The aim of this conference is to discuss the implications of global economic trends and market forces for anticipated skill needs and mismatches and the responses of education and training systems building on labour market intelligence.

It will look at how information on global trends in skills needs is used by countries to review and renew their education and training provisions and how qualifications frameworks (at sector, national, regional and global levels) can facilitate coordination and dialogue between education and training as well as labour market actors across different regions of the world. It will seek to share evidence of best practices in skills anticipation and matching methodologies and discuss the way forward. It will also focus on setting up and sustaining a modern infrastructure for data collection – a data revolution – allowing for robust analysis on anticipated skill needs i.e. real-time labour market intelligence, thus contributing to the effectiveness of informed policymaking. Global policy priorities, challenges and applicable solutions which can be applied in different regions of the world will be debated.

Drawing on a wealth of recent evidence collected by the Inter-Agency Group on TVET (UNESCO, Cedefop, ETF, ILO, OECD & World Bank) and national organisations, some of the following issues and questions will be debated and discussed by delegates:
•How does the impact of key drivers on the future of work vary across different regions of the world?
•Are different world regions faced with similar skill mismatches?
•Can policy-makers and practitioners on rely upon the public and private skills and labour market intelligence activities, in particular skills anticipation exercises?
•What are key prerequisites for ensuring that skills and labour market intelligence feeds effectively into policy?
•What are good examples of skills governance across the globe?
•Are education and training systems of the world prepared for 21st century skills?
•How is the globalised education and training landscape changing and adapting to the realities of the 4th Industrial Revolution?
•What type of global skills policy solutions can tackle challenges for sustainable development that inform/complement national capacity?