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WorldSkills Conference 2019

Tracks

  • Skills for evolving economies
  • Roadmaps to thriving societies
  • Towards self-sustaining ecosystems

Day 1: Friday, 23 August

10AM

  • keynote
    Risk-engineering as the new norm - for this and the next generation

    Room: Theatre

    We are living in an era of uncertainty driven by fast-paced advances in technology, an ever-shifting geopolitical order, and continuous societal transformation. This changing world is forcing us all to adapt, not least by adopting to continuous learning. We start the third edition of the WorldSkills Conference with advice on how to embrace and thrive in this century of uncertainty.

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10:45AM

  • panel
    A world at risk: developing the skill sets to endure, adapt and thrive

    The world is facing dramatic transformations: climate change, globalization and a technological revolution that affects every industry. These challenges present great opportunities to harness collective efforts to unlock our full human potential. How can we leverage skills to develop a human-centered agenda for economic and social policy as well as business practice?

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11:30AM

  • Break

12PM

  • workshop
    Continuous agile learning

    Room: Room 4

    To remain versatile in an era of uncertainty and fast-paced change, we need to reconsider our attitudes towards learning. Delegates will be challenged to challenge their own mindsets, collaborate with others to think imaginatively and prepare to adopt a self-responsible, solution-oriented mindset.

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  • panel
    Different place, same skills - timely transnational standards

    Room: Room 1

    In an increasingly globalized economy, flows of migrants are contributing to profound demographic changes and shifts in work. The need to create new international standards for skills development and applications in global, human-centered workplaces is more pressing than ever. How can countries harness these trends to build an inclusive global labour market, while recognizing diversity and local specificities?

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  • workshop
    The future of work through the prism of youth

    Room: Room 5

    What are young people’s expectations and concerns for their professional future? WorldSkills and the OECD have joined efforts to listen to the youth and provide them with a platform for action. This session will address the main takeaways from the survey “Youth voice for the future of work” and delve into the next steps to meet these ambitions and prospects.

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  • panel
    Catching the digital skills wave (before it’s too late)

    Room: Room 2

    Technological progress and the advent of the digital economy have created new business models and a demand for a more skilled workforce. However, uneven digital penetration across socio-economic landscapes results in a digital skills divide, with many people unable to catch up to the fast-paced digital workforce. What are the cutting-edge, promising skills of this field? And, how can targeted digital skills training allow those who are most isolated to leapfrog back into the market? Looking forward, how will we prevent the digital skills divide from widening further?

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  • panel
    What are green skills? Making sense of the green economy

    Room: Room 3

    The sustainability issues faced by our societies require a new kind of growth that guarantees that future generations will enjoy the high standards of living that we expect today. With this deepening collective conscience, comes a need to explore and develop “green skills” that focus not only on sustainable production and frugal living, but that help us overcome environmental challenges in a systemic way.

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1:15PM

  • Lunch

1:45PM

  • workshop
    Curated visits to the competitions

    Room: Future Skills Zone

4PM

  • workshop
    Making work meaningful

    Room: Room 3

    The increasing shift in the values and cultures of our societies, and growing social and economic inequalities bring new expectations in workplaces. How do we move from discontent to fulfillment? This workshop will examine best practices from respective industries and share lessons learned towards more prosperous individuals and communities.

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  • workshop
    Training and innovation: a how-to guide

    Room: Room 4

    In this rapidly evolving technological and digital world, adopting and maintaining the “right” skills can often feel like an impossible task. What are the skills missing in your industry? How can we collaborate to find solutions to close the skills gap? This workshop will explore new ways to train workforces to better adapt to our evolving economies.

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  • panel
    Training for tomorrow: Innovations for lifelong learning

    Room: Theatre

    How do we train for jobs that do not yet exist? How can we prepare the way for continuous learning and lifelong re-skilling? This session will explore the challenges of an ever-evolving labour market and explore innovative possibilities connected to lifelong learning and the future of work.

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  • workshop
    Greening your workforce

    Room: Room 5

    This hands-on session will explore the green skills necessary for creating self-sustaining work ecosystems. How can sustainability be integrated into your industry's skills standards? What type of technologies and innovations will allow different industries to face the ecological transition and tackle climate change? How can you actively and effectively respond to consumers' evolving mindsets and expectations?

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  • Our planet in 2050: young people's aspirations for an aware and responsible society

    Room: Room 2

    Five young adults take to the stage to share inspiring stories about leveraging skills to overcome environmental challenges, to more effectively incorporate climate change awareness into education and, more generally, to create solutions for a self-sustaining ecosystem.

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8PM

  • panel
    The final frontier: skills lessons from the stars

    This informal and inspirational session will focus on the aerospace industry through a dialogue between two astronauts. One Western and one from Russia. The astronauts will examine how space and the pursuit of knowledge unites us all. There will be a particular focus on the importance of skills/trades in the space industry.

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Day 2: Saturday, 24 August

9:30AM

  • keynote
    Skill change lives: defining the past, shaping the future

    Room: Theatre

    Skills at the heart of the development agenda. Empowered individuals, with the skills they master in the service of mankind, can change lives. Throughout history skill-makers and skill-takers have shaped our human narrative. This is still true today, and as we face modern challenges, men and women rise to the occasion with modern solutions. This is the inspirational story of how individuals impact their communities.

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10:30AM

  • Break

11AM

  • workshop
    Thriving as global and local citizens: a regional view

    Room: Room 3

    Global challenges unite the international community, creating the need for collective action and international standards. However, successful solutions for our most pressing challenges require us to take into account regional, national and local realities. From each region’s perspective, delegates will exchange views on impactful practices that harness the power of skills for inclusion, finding the right balance between global and local citizenship.

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  • panel
    Skills and sustainability in the age of megacities

    Room: Room 1

    By 2050, 66 percent of the world’s population is projected to be urban. Moreover, the rapid expansion of human settlements is changing social dynamics and the lifestyle of city-dwellers, especially in megacities. What will be their role as key stakeholders in our globalized world? And how does this affect skilled (and re-skilled) people to achieve sustainable urbanization?

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  • workshop
    Scaling up skills in economies: a regional view

    Room: Room 4

    Global challenges unite the international community, creating the need for collective action and international standards. However, successful solutions for our most pressing challenges will require us to take into account regional, national and local realities. During this workshop, participants will exchange views on what skills are needed in their specific economies, leading to best practices to meet demand and close their skills gap.

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  • panel
    TVET systems for 2030

    Room: Theatre

    Experts and representatives from different regions will examine how TVET systems can be adapted to different types of economies and change drivers, providing tailored solutions to local skills needs. This session will include insights from the research on “TVET models” carried out by WorldSkills Russia and the Boston Consulting Group. What will be required from TVET systems to retrain and reskill the workforces as well as teachers and trainers?

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  • workshop
    Going green from the roots up: a regional view

    Room: Room 5

    Global challenges unite the international community, creating the need for collective action and international standards. However, successful solutions for our most pressing challenges require us to take into account regional, national and local realities. This workshop will examine how a transition to a greener economy can bring solutions to environmental challenges posed for each region, while creating job opportunities relevant to local labour markets.

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  • panel
    From small seeds: growing skills for sustainable agriculture

    Room: Room 2

    A growing global population implies a heightened food demand, which in turn creates more competition for natural resources. The result is a highly stressed ecosystem and increased poverty in rural areas. How can we uncover new processes and approaches to dealing with these issues? This session will examine the role of skills and vocational education in responding to the challenges posed by sustainable growth in agriculture. The discussion will include insights on the development and use of innovative technologies to achieve these goals, opening new possibilities to increase productivity, respectful of natural resources, and improving the livelihoods of rural communities.

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12:15PM

  • Lunch

12:45PM

  • workshop
    Curated visits to the competitions

2:30PM

  • workshop
    TVET and skills: Pathways to happiness and wellbeing

    Room: Room 3

    Achieving a sustainable future will require a holistic approach, considering all dimensions of development, including people’s happiness and well-being. During this workshop, participants will develop approaches on how to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives with skills - developing confidence and self-esteem, building satisfying and passion-based careers, as well as fostering role models who inspire young generations to engage with TVET.

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  • Five inspirational stories that demonstrate that skills change lives

    Room: Room 2

    Through a series of five short inspiring speeches, changemakers will share solutions through skills to the most pressing social challenges we face, leading the way to an inclusive society.

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  • keynote
    No women? No success for the 4IR

    Room: Room 1

    Advancing gender equality is crucial to ensure a sustainable future. If women — who account for half the world’s working-age population—do not achieve their full economic potential, the global economy will suffer. But as we navigate the shifts of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the challenge is even more urgent. How do we ensure equal access to the digital transformation? And, how can we boost access to skills, to ensure women and girls are fully empowered to participate in the coming revolutions?

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  • workshop
    Who’s driving? How to design and lead TVET systems

    Room: Room 4

    Countries and macro regions have different drivers for creating and implementing solutions for education systems development. Intended as a follow-up to the panel on diverse TVET systems, this workshop will invite participants to discuss the necessary measures for designing and leading responsive TVET systems that are adapted to local contexts. How can these measures be translated into policies that are effectively implemented? Which actors are responsible for leading these systems?

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  • panel
    Create your path: entrepreneurship education to boost skilled people

    Room: Theatre

    In a gig economy in which freelancing, and self-employment are becoming the norm, entrepreneurial skills are essential to succeed. Having these skills is essential for young people in their professional careers. Entrepreneurship also opens opportunities to solve social issues. This session will address the frameworks and tools that are necessary to achieve such ambitions. With the participation of candidate(s) from the BeChangeMaker programme.

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  • workshop
    Cooperation practices to train agile skilled young people

    Room: Room 5

    Strong cross-sectoral collaboration is essential to develop viable paths towards the creation and inclusion of adaptable young people throughout the value chain. Such frameworks, designed and implemented with key stakeholders such as employers, education institutions, policymakers, and students, will succeed if they are adapted to their regional contexts. This session will allow participants to exchange perspectives and discover best practices on concrete solutions, especially apprenticeship programmes.

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3:45PM

  • Break

4:15PM

  • keynote
    Developing the next generation of skilled changemakers

    Room: Theatre

    In a world full of changes and challenges, we are at the cusp of a unique opportunity to cultivate diversity, adaptability, and resilience. Acquiring and honing a 21st-century skill set is a central pursuit to flourish, not just survive. (keynote). Today’s youth have the power to influence the world in which they will grow and which they will bequeath to future generations (Pinker). It’s time to leverage the skills of the youth to enforce a collective effort for a lasting positive change. We look towards the youth of Asia as the largest cohort of global youth, and the next destination for the WorldSkills Conference (in Shanghai in 2021). What can we learn about where we are going, from the way that they engage with the world?

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