Skills For The Future

Skills for the Future: Managing transition


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?

To address these issues, and many more, the European Training Foundation, the EU Agency in charge of developing training and education in the EU neighbouring countries, is organising the conference ‘Skills for the Future: Managing transition’.

The event will take place in Turin on 21-22 November, 2018. Up to 180 invited participants from more than 50 countries will join, with the aim of exploring how developing and transition countries can respond to global trends shaping the labour market of tomorrow from a skills perspective.

Digital technology and innovation is accelerating at unprecedented rates transforming society, industry, policy and the environment. Lifelong learning is the key to embracing change and turning it to our advantage. The capacity of the EU and its neighbouring countries to adapt education and training systems to these new realities will determine how well we are preparing the next generation to raise above the challenges of the present – harnessing their potential to contribute to inclusive growth and stability. Cesare Onestini, ETF Director

‘Skills for the Future: Managing Transition’ will be an opportunity to exchange views from the EU and beyond, explore ways to respond to a changing labour market from a skills perspective and to identify solutions.

Taking stock of the outcomes of an ETF report on the future of work and skills presented during the event, participants will focus their discussions and vision around four main topics:

  1. Mastering global trends
  2. Tackling country-specific challenges
  3. Addressing skills policies as part of an ecosystem
  4. Anticipating needs through vocational training

The event will begin with a public opening with keynote speakers, on 21 November (9:00-13:00).