This joint Cedefop-UNESCO global skills conference aimed to discuss the implications of global economic trends and market forces for anticipated skill needs and mismatches, and the responses of education and training systems building on labour market intelligence.

The conference:

  • discussed how information on global trends in skill needs was used by countries to review and renew their education and training provisions and how qualifications frameworks (at sector, national, regional and global levels) could support coordination and dialogue between education and training including labour market actors across different regions of the world;
  • provided a platform for sharing best practices in skills anticipation and matching approaches and discussed possible ways forward;
  • offered possibilities for setting up and sustaining a modern infrastructure for data collection – a ‘data revolution’ – allowing robust analysis on anticipated skill needs with real-time labour market intelligence, contributing to the effectiveness of informed policy-making

Global policy priorities, challenges and applicable solutions which could be applied in different regions of the world were debated by experts in skills, along with representatives of governments and social partners in a series of discussions structured around two key themes:

  1. Global trends and skills: common forces, different challenges
  2. Education and training for a global economy: using informed decision-making to adapt to a new landscape

Event details

Event Date(s)
20/10/2016 - 21/10/2016
Event Type
Event venue
UNESCO Headquarters
Restricted participation
Cedefop involvement


Alena Zukersteinova