- Partners Alliance for skill development


Restructuring forum - Sectors' New Skills for New Jobs

Bryssel 7-8 dec.
Restructuring forum - Sectors' New Skills for New JobsThe European Commission in cooperation with the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Committee of the Regions is organising on 7 and 8 December 2009 a restructuring forum dedicated to Sectors' New Skills for New Jobs.

The objective of the forum is to present, promote and discuss the recently published 18 sector-based studies that look at emerging and future skill needs up to 2020. Day One (Prepare for the jobs and skills of the future) will set the scene for discussion and debate between the stakeholders on the role of skills needs anticipation in employment, education and training policy making and practices, and on how and by whom this should be done. The main results of the 18 studies will be presented, highlighting the common challenges, the differences and the relative position of the different sectors under review in relation with competences and skills requirements.  

Workshops will offer the opportunity for participants to listen to the presentations of good practices for specific sectors and discuss further some of the recommendations laid down in the studies. Workshops have been divided by thematic covered in the studies' recommendations. For each workshop, a transversal view of the theme chosen will be presented across all sectors followed by presentations of two concrete cases of implementation of those recommendations by the actors themselves for two specific sectors.

A second objective will be to launch a discussion on how to reinforce and promote stronger collaboration at European level in the field of skills anticipation, focussing on the sectoral approach. To this end, the results of the feasibility study on the establishment of sectoral councils on employment and skills at European level will be presented during the forum, followed by the Canadian experience of skills councils and the exploratory opinion from the EESC on the European skills councils.

This forum will serve as a platform for the exchange and discussion of good practice and instruments for dealing with skills identification at sector level.

It will bring together all the parties involved in managing change and anticipating skills, namely representatives of the European institutions, national and regional governments, cross-industry and sectoral social partners, education and vocational providers, academic experts, promoters of good practice, chambers of commerce and industry, regional development agencies, and agencies involved in the promotion of skills development.