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Sessions

Day 1: Monday, 15 October

12:30PM

  • Lunch and Reception

1:30PM

  • panel
    Succeeding in TVET with the Triple Helix: the Dutch way (of education systems)
    • Ingrid van Engelshoven
    • Ton Heerts
    • Fried Kaanen

    Room: Grand Ballroom

    The Dutch ‘Triple Helix’ is recognized as one of the most successful systems in the World. But what is it exactly? And what are its benefits? Does this model bring the answers and innovative solutions necessary to tackle the challenges currently faced by (T)VET, skills, industry, and labour markets?

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2:15PM

  • keynote
    Ruud Veltenaar
    The future will be Skills or will not be

    Room: Grand Ballroom

    A look to the future on the coming trends and challenges and how to prepare TVET, industry, youth, our organisations, and society in general. What is the long term outlook for the future of skills?

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3:40PM

  • Workshops
    • Seven questions about apprenticeships: insights from international experience

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    • Fostering programmes for passion-based careers for youth

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    • Career building in fast-changing labour markets

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    • The future of skills: tailoring solutions to navigate upcoming trends

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  • In-depth sessions
    • Discover international skills: How to contribute to international skills for all?

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    • Fostering cooperation between VET and the industry in e-commerce and digital professions

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    • Successful storytelling in communications and organizations

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    • X Factors: How to get more results from Skills Competitions

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    • Implementing marketing research for VET and Skills strategies

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4:45PM

5:40PM

  • Networking Session

7PM

  • dinner
    Conference Dinner

    Room: Maritime Museum

    After the first conference day, we will visit Het Scheepvaartmuseum for the official conference dinner. And what is a day in Amsterdam without a cruise through the canals? We will board one of the beautiful canal boats and float down to the museum. The museum is located near the city old harbor. Built in 1656, the former national naval warehouse was once used by the Dutch navy to store sails, ropes, weapons and ammunition. Since 1973 it has been home to the museum. Notably, the famous replica of the Dutch East India Company ship ‘Amsterdam’ is moored at the museum. During the recent renovation the inner courtyard has been covered by a glass roofing, creating a pleasant space for the visitors. In the evening hundred of tiny LED lights placed between shields of glass, give an impression of the starry sky.

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Day 2: Tuesday, 16 October

8:30AM

  • Coffee and Reception

    Room: Wintergarden

9AM

  • keynote
    Prof. Dr. Paul Kirschner
    Getting ready for the uncharted territory of tomorrow's jobs

    Room: Grand Ballroom

    While people are preaching 21st century skills, generic skills, and so forth the basis for getting ready for tomorrow’s jobs is to first create a solid foundation of knowledge and skills. Once this has been done, it is the task of the school to help students acquire an attitude through proper instructional techniques, that what they have learned isn’t enough for today’s challenges – let alone tomorrow’s – so that they will be able to learn and improve and change throughout their lifetimes.

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10:05AM

  • In-depth sessions
  • Workshops
    • Improving VET: the Practoraten Movement in the Netherlands

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    • Unchartered territory: a three-step guide to navigate the future of work

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11:35AM

12:35PM

  • Conference Lunch

1:35PM

  • In-depth sessions
    • Fit for a wider audience? Reflections on policy transfer of the Dutch VET-model
    • Draw a selfie like Rembrandt: integrating creative skills and artisanship

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    • "Activating Didactics": improving quality in VET and skills training

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    • Strategies for online communications

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    • WorldSkills for Juniors

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  • Workshops
    • Transforming institutions to become TVET innovation hubs in a time of disruption

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    • The success of systemic cooperation in the VET-Industry lessons from the Netherlands

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    • Globalizing labour markets: pathways for VET, skills, and industry

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2:45PM

  • Workshops
  • In-depth sessions
    • House of Skills: Re-skilling and lifelong learning in changing labour markets

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    • The Holland Alumni Network: How to build succesful alumni networks with international experience?

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    • "Activating Didactics": improving quality in VET and skills training

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    • Strategies for online communications

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4:15PM

  • Closing Plenary - Uniting for Youth: Skills solutions for the future
    • Dr. Pavel Luksha
    • Freddy Weima
    • Florence Bertaux
    • Shirley van Maren
    • Caroline Söderqvist

    Room: Grand Ballroom

    Reviewing the main conclusions of the sessions and workshops of the WorldSkills Conference is the main focus of this key note. A panel of (inter)national experts and a Skills champion will in interaction with the audience discuss during this ‘wrap up’ what and how will be the impact of the conclusions formulated at the conference on (new) global trends and on the development of national VET systems and skills for Youth. This will give a set of ideas: inspire, influence and leads to enhance the development of your own (skills) organization, (VET) system, industry and Youth in your country.

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5:30PM

  • Networking session

7:30PM

  • dinner
    Conference Dinner

    Room: Bierfabriek

    The second day we conclude with a visit to the Bierfabriek Amsterdam. This place in the heart of Amsterdam is a brewery and restaurant in one, accommodated in a cosy no nonsense building. They brew their own beer and serve Burgundian dishes. In the Netherlands they are world famous for their signature dish: the delightfully grilled chicken on a charcoal BBQ. It is a place where you as a visitor feel at home immediately. You are allowed to pull your own beer, eat the chicken with your hands and throw the peeled peanuts on the ground. But there is of course also cutlery available as you whish.

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