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Panel 18 - The four transitions: what skills do we need, and how do we provide them?

Friday 29 June 2018, 09:00-10:30, room: France - interpretation: EN/FR

Transitions will not only entail quantitative effects on employment, but also qualitative effects on job content and skills profiles. New skills will be required in both new jobs and existing jobs, emphasising specialised skills, at different levels of proficiency, and “transversal” skills, notably the ability to transfer competences from one context to another.

Skills are both an individual and a collective issue, and not only a question of education curriculum or graduation level. Skills are constructed on-the-job, through interaction, cooperation, and various forms of lifelong learning. Skills are linked to occupations, and occupations are much more than a set of tasks (high- or low-skilled, routine or not, automatable or not). They include careers, positions, experience and learning, belonging to a group, and the meaning of work. They are shaped by work organisation and power relations. Any insight into skills policies has to include the roles of public authorities, companies and trade unions.

  • László Andor, Head of the department of Economic Policy, Corvinus University - PPP
  • Marie-Claire Carrère-Gée, Conseil d'orientation pour l'Emploi - PPP
  • Susan Flocken, European Trade Union Committee for Education
  • Karolien Lenaerts, Centre for European Policy Studies
  • Ilias Livanos, CEDEFOP - PPP

Moderator: Valerica Dumitrescu, European Trade Union Institute - PPP