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Tackling the global talent gap

Saturday, 6 July at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013, Germany


A Broadcast Conference

The next global skills challenge is about tackling the massive imbalances and skills gaps that exist between developed and emerging economies, skills mismatches which hold back productivity, competitiveness and development. Skills mismatches obstruct mobility essential to quality and productivity improvement in business and inward investment. The conference looks at the experiences and policy dilemmas of G7, BRICS, MENA and Gazelles country models, transnational companies, and key global business sectors. It will see the publication of new research on the factors critical to improving vocational and technical education mobility.

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Skills are the new global currency. This groundbreaking event will investigate new approaches to tackling skills mismatches, including the recognition and validation of skills from an industry and transnational perspective INSSO will publish a seminal report on Transnational Skills Standards, a major contribution to the global debate.

Purpose and outcomes from the conference and broadcasts

At any one time some 214 million people are migrant workers, living in a different country from the one in which they were born. A growing and economically critical group essential to competitiveness, growth, development and productivity.

Youth and long-term unemployment is at dangerous levels in many parts of the world. In others, shortages and demographic aging in the workforce creates shortages.

Exchange ideas - Share Innovation - Develop new Policies

  • Engage with global skills leaders and practitioners in skills development and exchange
  • Accelerate your understanding of the growing global skills marketplace
  • Identify future growth opportunities from existing bilateral and professional skills recognition systems and workforce training providers
  • Examine the forces driving skills demands from countries at different stages of development and strategies to address them
  • Review regulatory and immigration barriers to labour mobility and methods to mitigate them through mutual skills recognition arrangements
  • Identify how to break into emerging markets and how to secure existing ones
  • Examine the role of Transnational Skills Standards to increase skilled labour mobility, improve the quality of technical education, providing international benchmarks of workforce capabilities
  • Develop in-depth insights into skills demand and supply and experience them via a unique conference format, The Four Worlds of Human Capital:
    • G7 countries – 'advanced and ageing'
    • BRICS – 'assertive and rising'
    • MENA countries – 'young and changing'
    • Gazelles – 'developing and jumping'
  • Hear the first-hand perspectives of major industry leaders, politicians and businesses on how to succeed in the global skills race
  • Enable online views from around the world in governmental organisations, skills and vocational training providers, corporate HR and talent managers to engage with the debate
  • Take back a unique professional online TV catalogue of speakers for policy development around the world by stakeholders, sponsors and partners

The Global Skills Exchange WorldSkills Package

Delegates will also have access the WorldSkills site and exhibition and there are other events taking place during the week for policy makers and skills specialists in addition to the 42nd WorldSkills Competition.

Friday, 5 July free entry to the best cocktail party in town. A chance to network with the world's vocational skills and education community. Venue to be confirmed.

This event is held in association with WorldSkills. A special rate applies to delegates and observers at WorldSkills who add this event to their package.

Delegates and Observers already accredited to attend WorldSkills: £350 sterling

Global Skills Exchange conference only £450 sterling, includes pass into Exhibition and site.  

The conference uniquely brings together stakeholders from government and business:

  • Government ministers, civil servants
  • Delegates and Observers at WorldSkills Leipzig
  • Corporate and business HR and Training Directors
  • National Skills sector policy councils
  • Trade and professional associations
  • Academics and researchers
  • Business School specialists in skills and labour markets
  • Consulting and business support groups


View the agenda here:


Rod Bristow

President, Pearson UK; and Interim CEO, Pearson International

Mike Campbell

Independent Skills and Labour Market Expert, UK

Avinash Vashistha

Chairman and GU Managing Director, Accenture, India

Natalia Zolotareva

Chief of the Department of State Policy in TVET, Ministry of Education and Science, Russia

Wendy Swedlove

President, Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC), Canada

Dr Barbara Ischinger

Director for Education and Skills, OECD,France

Don Whyte

President, The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), USA

Peter Thiele

Deputy Director VET Policy, Federal Ministry of Education and Research,Germany

Dr. Borhene Chakroun

Chief, Technical and Vocational Education and Training Section UNESCO, France

Lesley Davies

Director of Quality and Standards, Pearson UK

Professor Ronald Chung Chi-Kit

Deputy Executive Director, Vocational Training Council (VTC), Hong Kong

Dr Ali Asghar Rostami Abusaeedi

Technical Delegate, WSI, Technical & Vocational Training Organization (TVTO),Iran

Abdalla Hassan Al Muaini

Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council,United Arab Emirates

Almira Cemmell

Global Leader of the Future, World Economic Forum

Suneet Singh Tuli

CEO, Datawind, Canada

Dilip Chenoy

CEO & MD, National Skill Development Corporation, India

Ben Phelan

Head of Innovation & Technology, Future Brilliance, Afghanistan

Frances Guy

Representative, UN Women Baghdad, Iraq

Maura Corporan

Rules Manager and Faculty Development, INFOTEP, Dominican Republic

Dr Chaiyapuk Sereerak

Secretary General for OVEC, Thailand


Sarah Smith

Presenter and Business Correspondent, Channel 4 Television

Tom Bewick

Director and Chief Economist, INSSO