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  • Skills for green jobs
  • Poverty reduction through skills
  • The future of apprenticeship systems

Monday, 25 October 2021

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    1.1 The Road Ahead: Skills for a Resilient Future

    Welcome Messages
    - Senior official, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MOHRSS) of the People’s Republic of China
    - Senior official, Shanghai Municipal People's Government
    - Chris Humphries, President, WorldSkills International

    Panel Discussion
    - Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights
    - Guy Ryder, Director General, International Labour Organization (ILO)
    - Martin Raiser, Country Director for China and Mongolia, and Director for Korea, The World Bank
    - Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento, Managing Director, Directorate of Digitalization, Technology and Agri-Business, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
    - Senior official, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
    - Ivy Chen, Regional Representative for Asia, WorldSkills Champions Trust

    The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented disruption to education, threatening to affect an entire generation of future workers. Restrictions have also encouraged innovative approaches and solutions that could guide the road to a more inclusive recovery. This session will look at the learnings of the past year and shed light on the skills set needed to build a resilient future.

    Moderator: Laurence Gates, Board Member WorldSkills International

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    1.2 Impact of COVID-19 on green skills: solutions and opportunities

    • Olga Strietska-Ilina, Senior Skills and Employability Specialist, International Labour Organization
    • James Gomme, Director, People & Society, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
    • Dejene Tezera, Director of Department of Agri-Business, UNIDO
    • Deb Geyer, Vice President & Corporate Responsibility Officer, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., USA
    • Senior Representative, Shanghai University of Engineering Science, PRC

    Inclusive development is dependent on a sustainable environment. In many countries, recovery policies have allocated generous budgets to greening processes. Are public priorities in sync with private business strategies? How ready are TVET systems to deliver the skills we need to prioritize sustainability? This session will explore the impact of the pandemic on the greening transformation of VET.

    Moderator: Dr. Neil Bentley-Gockman, CEO WorkdSkills UK

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    1.3 Building skills for resilient societies

    • Wang Xiaojun, Deputy Director General of Vocational Capacity Building Department, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, PRC
    • Christine Hofmann, Team Lead Skills for Social Inclusion, International Labour Organization
    • Katerina Ananiadou, Programme Specialist, UNESCO
    • Jiang Yingcheng, WorldSkills champion and teacher, Hangzhou Technican College, PRC

    The economic crisis precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic has reversed much progress on human capital attained over years, making it even harder to realize the goal of reducing extreme poverty to less than 3 percent by 2030. With a particular focus on China and the Asia-Pacific region, this session will look at the effects of the COVID-19 on jobs and the future of work and how inclusive skills development policies can contribute to strengthening the resilience of households, countries, and societies in future emergencies.

    Moderator: Shayne MacLachlan, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities

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    1.4 Innovations for Apprenticeships in the post-COVID era

    • Tian Feng, Deputy Director General of Vocational Capacity Building Department, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, PRC
    • Senior official, European Commission
    • Laurent Freixe, Executive Vice President, Chief Executive Officer Zone Americas (United States of America, Canada, Latin America, Caribbean), Nestlé S.A.
    • Daniel Christophersen, Regional Representative for Europe, WorldSkills Champions Trust

    With a great component of apprenticeships being on-the-job training, the pandemic has had a severe impact on apprentices. Despite a global decline in supply and popularity, apprenticeships could hold the key to more resilient societies and economies in the post-COVID-19 world. Which strategies have worked and how can they serve countries drive effective systemic reforms?

    Moderator: Nazrene Mannie, Executive Director GAN Global Apprenticeship Network

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Tuesday, 26 October 2021

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    2.1 Bringing green skills to curriculums - a regional focus

    • Isidro S. Lapeña, Director General, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Philippines
    • Senior Representative, Guangzhou Industry and Trade Technician College, PRC
    • Senior Representative, ICIMOD International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Nepal
    • Senior Representative, NEA National Employment Agency, Cambodia

    Anticipating market-based skill needs is key to adequately integrating sustainability and new green skills in VET curricula and training. The ever-evolving nature of the transition to the green economy and the scarcity of data on trends add another challenge to localized skill development strategies. This session will look closely at the approach used by countries within the ASEAN+3 region to adapt their vocational education and training policies and practices to the needs of the green and circular economy.

    Moderator: Dr. Neil Bentley-Gockman, CEO WorkdSkills UK

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    2.3 The WorldSkills Occupational Standards: Building its value for work and VET futures

    • Maria Ekroth, Executive Director, Skills Finland
    • Jenny Shackleton, WorldSkills Standards Assessment Adviser
    • Paul Comyn, Senior Skills & Employability Specialist, International Labour Organization
    • Borhene Chakroun, Director, Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems, UNESCO

    The main purpose of VET is to serve its own country’s or region’s socio-economic and political purposes. Since these are distinct, VET is hugely diverse. At the same time, competitive advantage matters. To benchmark this a common standard is required. The WorldSkills Occupational Standard (WSOS) is referenced to global occupational classifications and set within a framework of specialist, technical, and transversal skills which together span competence to excellence.
    As an occupational standard customised to the needs of VET, the WSOS makes occupations and their movement transparent to VET; it helps to connect supply with the demand for skills. At the same time, it incorporates the knowledge, skills and behaviours on which progression and transferability depend within volatile working futures.
    Following a brief description of the WSOS’s purpose and character, WorldSkills Finland will present the Development Centre. Goal of the session is to position the WSOS and the Centre within a global context, and to explore the potential value for Members, VET, and working futures.

    Moderator: Jane Stokie, Director of Skills Competitions, WorldSkills International

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    2.2 Business sector showcase: Job-rich opportunities of the green transition

    In many regions, unemployment, underemployment, and job insecurity are affecting both uneducated and educated youth. Limited job opportunities - especially for young women, - skills mismatch, low value of qualifications in some cases, as well as personal or cultural barriers are at the root cause. The existing shortage of skills, in particular in STEM, has a further consequence to meeting the evolving skill requirements of the green transition. This session will showcase examples of how partnerships with the business sector are accelerating climate change solutions in their structures and operations, and insights into job-rich opportunities for youth in both the post-pandemic recovery and green jobs expansion.

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Wednesday, 27 October 2021

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    3.1 Strengthening inclusivity: new learning models

    • Hiromichi Katayama, Programme Specialist, Section of Youth, Literacy and Skills Development, UNESCO
    • Sarah Ndinya, Director of Design and Experimentation, Educate!
    • Yousra Assali, Regional Representative for Middle East and North Africa, WorldSkills Champions Trust
    • Senior Representative, Yunnan Provincial Department of Human Resources and Social Security, PRC

    Employment rates and national income have drastically deteriorated in all countries. In rich and poor countries alike, disadvantaged or marginalized groups such as women, migrants, youth, or low-skilled workers are suffering the most. This session will explore how can government and local bodies promote a broad‐based economic growth that leads to the creation of productive employment, that leads to poverty reduction and more equitable, sustainable societies.

    Moderator: Shayne MacLachlan, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities

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    3.2 Showcase: Improving employment outcomes through skills

    • Mendy Lerato Lusaba, Domestic Workers Association, Zimbabwe
    • Leo Rodriguez, Regional Representative for Americas, WorldSkills Champions Trust, Brazil
    • Marguerite Clarke, Senior Education Specialist, World Bank

    How can skills improve employment outcomes and pave a pathway out of poverty? In this inspirational session, training providers, WorldSkills Champions and other experts from different parts of the world will share their success stories.

    Moderator: Shayne MacLachlan, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities

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Thursday, 28 October 2021

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    4.1 Alliances for effective apprenticeships

    • Gary Workman, Executive Director, Apprenticeship Employment Network, Australia
    • Jorge Luis Araya-Chaves, Deputy Executive Director and Director of the Department of Economic Studies, Union of Chambers and Associations of the Private Business Sector (UCCAEP), Costa Rica
    • Ashwani Aggarwal, Team Lead for Work Group (Work-based Learning, Apprenticeships, RPL, Core Skills), International Labour Organization
    • Norbert Schoebel, Team Leader, Skills for the Young, VET, Apprenticeships and Adult Learning Unit, European Commission

    What makes up a successful national apprenticeship system? Multi-level governance, accompanied with effective coordination and sustainable financing are a key factor. Robust systems are underpinned by collective and proactive efforts by all stakeholders, including employers, training providers, unions and government.

    Policies developed at the national level can be adapted to the local context and translate into multiple national approaches. Businesses are essential in integrating broader objectives into their practical day-to-day reality. Increasing the overall participation of the productive sector in vocational education and training systems would help identify needs and shape apprenticeships to meet the skills demands.

    This session will review existing national alliances, coalitions, and networks and their role in ensuring quality work-based learning, as well as building confidence in apprenticeships systems within communities and industry.

    Moderator: Nazrene Mannie, Executive Director GAN Global Apprenticeship Network

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    4.2 Showcase: Tools to assess apprenticeship systems

    • Chris Cooper, Principal Consultant, TVET, British Council
    • Ashwani Aggarwal, Team Lead for Work Group (Work-based Learning, Apprenticeships, RPL, Core Skills), International Labour Organization
    • Tim Schreiber, Policy Officer, European Commission

    What are the available resources to help policymakers and practitioners sustain and implement apprenticeship systems? Targeting the different stakeholders, the European Commission, the ILO and the British Council will showcase their novel tools to guide self-assessment processes.

    Moderator: Nazrene Mannie, Executive Director GAN Global Apprenticeship Network

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Friday, 29 October 2021

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    5.1 Closing Plenary, including closing remarks and virtual WorldSkills Museum Tour

    • Nazrene Mannie, Executive Director, GAN Global Apprenticeship Network
    • Neil Bentley-Gockman, CEO, WorldSkills UK
    • Shayne MacLachlan, Communications and Public Affairs Manager, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE)

    Join our session moderators as they discuss the main outcomes of WorldSkills Conference 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted education, exacerbated inequalities, and slowed down climate action, but it has also challenged policymakers, businesses, and institutions to innovate. The post-pandemic recovery road provides an opportunity to rethink VET systems so they can help build more resilient societies. We will look ahead at the next year to forecast the developments that we hope to see in the run towards WorldSkills Shanghai 2022.

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