London : The Latin America and Caribbean Centre and the Inter-American Development Bank are jointly hosting the ‘Skills for Development in a Changing World’ conference on October 4th, 2017 at The Law Society in London. The conference will address the defining issue of the age, the relationship between the acquisition of skills that are suitable for the rapidly changing conditions of contemporary labour markets, technological transitions and innovation frontiers.
Prompted by the release of the IDB 2017 Flagship report, Learning Better: Public Policy for Skills Development, the conference will consider how governments should react to the rapidly changing demands in the labour market, and how solid evidence can guide effective public policy to meet these challenges. What skills are required as manual roles or a labour-intensive service sector become less important; or, as governments and civil society organisations promote small and medium size enterprises? How are we to understand ‘skills’ in the ‘creative industries’, the ‘smart’ or ‘gig’ economy in developing countries, and as new flows of information become available through social media and other platforms?
Panelists, ranging from academics and think-tank analysts to NGOs and private sector organisations executives, will explore how they foresee ‘skills’ in the future, the implications of a new ‘skills economy’ for the life-course, the transitions through childhood to adulthood, the gender divisions of labour and the future role of social institutions such as the family, household, or organisations such as the vocational training centres, schools and church.
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