Highlights from Skills for the Future: Managing Transition (Turin, Italy)

More than 350 people from 50 countries in Europe and beyond – entrepreneurs, training providers, policy makers, innovators – gathered in Turin, Italy to discuss the skills needed to prepare people for the job market in a rapidly changing world, with a new perspective: the one of transition and developing countries.
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In the context of the 2018 UnConference (Nov 20) and Conference (Nov 21-22) on ‘Skills for the Future: Managing transition’ organised by the European Training Foundation (ETF), the EU Agency in charge of developing training and education in the EU neighbouring countries, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd and Sapar Oy prepared a Working Paper on The Future of Work and Skills that helped to frame key messages in the speeches of ETF Director (Cesare Onestini) as well as ETF Head of Operations (Anastasia Fetsi).

The objective of the VTT-Sapar-ETF Working Paper was to analyse the impact of global developments on skills demand in the ETF Partner Countries (PCs) and discuss implications for policy reforms to manage transition of education, vocational education training and life-long learning system of the future. The Paper was related to the provision of international and national expertise to support the ETF by:
collecting and analysing information, data and new ideas on the skills demands of the future in ETF Partner Countries, and
exploring responses for better managing transformation towards an inclusive future for the benefit of people and societies.
The Working Paper covered the following issues:
Key global drivers of change on economies, work, labour markets and skills
Impacts of global trends on work and skills in ETF Partner Countries
Impacts of global trends on ETF Partner Countries
Insights for future development of skills and education systems

Type and degree of changes identified in the regions of ETF Partner Countries
Strategies and policies to manage work and skills transformation in the ETF PCs
During the ETF events participants focused their discussions around four main topics:
Mastering global trends
Tackling country-specific challenges
Addressing the future of skills, education and training
Supporting the transition toward the future
To do so, at the UnConference ad hoc groups were asked to co-create an agenda around 12 topics that were presented by topic leaders and subsequently visualised by a professional artist. Group 11 focused on ‘Global Trends‘ and explored possible ways forward to prepare a public report on the topic, as well as potential opportunities to promote a pilot project to better assess and manage identified global trends (see below).

Global trends impacting the future of work and skills
As a result of the Group 11 discussions, VTT and ETF representatives highlighted the importance of working towards a joint publication that will help to promote a more structured policy debate on future prospects of the impacts of the following global trends in ETF Regions (Western Balkans, Eastern Partnership, Mediterranean and Central Asia):
Globalisation
Demographics changes and ageing
Migration, mobility and brain-drain
Digitalisation, artificial intelligence and automation
Climate change and diminishing natural resources
FDIs and offshoring threatened by automation
Youth and women unemployment
Growing inequality and political instability

Overall, the ETF events addressed challenging questions such as: How do global forces interact with local realities and how does this affect the demand for skills? How should governments, businesses, social partners, civil society, research institutions, communities and education and training providers work together to manage change? What skills policies work in different contexts?

All in all, the ETF UnConference and Conference were inspiring events demonstrating that the moment is ripe to co-create a shared #vision capable of translating #future #opportunities into an action roadmap assessing and managing the skills for the future, and consequently managing transition towards a more resilient, innovation-friendly and future-proof ‘education ecosystem’ across EU Member States and ETF PCs.

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