Skills For The Future


What’s this all about?

Have you ever heard of an event where the participants plan and organise the agenda on the spot? Does that sound chaotic or even scary? Or perhaps you consider it a brilliant way of boosting creativity and sharing ideas?

To address the challenging topic of the future of skills and work, the European Training Foundation is organising the Skills for the Future – UnConference on Tuesday 20 November (17:00-21:00) in Turin, Italy. It will be an inspirational, participatory event to discuss future challenges and current solutions to skills and work in the future.

Why should you get involved?

By attending the UnConference you will have the chance to meet 60 innovators from businesses, collaborative spaces, training providers, academia, and public bodies from Italy, the EU and neighbouring countries.

Together with them, you will set the agenda, and decide on the topics to be discussed: issues to which you are seeking solutions, or presentations of examples for good practice, to address the future of skills and work. You will have a chance to work together to get input on projects or share your expertise.

What you will bring home?

The conversations will focus on the following question:

What solutions can we build together to prepare for changes in the world of skills and work?

At the end of the event you will have gathered intelligence, and exchanged knowledge and contacts with a dedicated community of innovators and change-makers, active on the ground – in Italy, in the EU, and beyond.


  • 17:00-17:15 Registration
  • 17:15-17:25 Welcome by the ETF and TAG
  • 17:25-17:40 Who is in the room? (Check-in)
  • 17:40-17:50 Inspirational opening by Alberto Cavalli, Director of the Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d'Art and Homo Faber. Crafting a more human future
  • 17:50-18:15 Introduction to the Unconference format and creating the agenda together, Ian Andersen, Adviser on Participatory Methods, European Commission
  • 18:15-19:15 Group discussions
  • 19:15-20:00 Sharing of outcomes and plenary discussion
  • 20:00-21:00 Cocktail


The event is free upon registration here.

It will start at 17:00 and end at 20:00, and will be followed by a cocktail. It will take place on 20 November at TAG Talent Garden, Via Giacosa 38, Turin, Italy. The language of the event will be English.


The Skills for the Future - UnConference is organised by the European Training Foundation, the only EU Agency working in EU’s foreign affairs through the support of education and labour market reforms, with a focus on vocational training. It is organised in partnership with TAG Talent Garden.

The UnConference will be followed by a major conference in Turin in the following days (21-22 November). The main discussion points from the work of the groups will presented to the broader audience of policy makers, EU and international organisation representatives.