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Cedefop and the OECD are organising their third joint symposium on Apprenticeship and the digital transition, on 15 and 16 June 2023 in Thessaloniki.  The event will explore the links between apprenticeships and the digital transition, and their implications for policy making, bringing together policy makers, practit...

Cedefop and the OECD are organising their third joint symposium on Apprenticeship and the digital transition, on 15 and 16 June 2023 in Thessaloniki. 
The event will explore the links between apprenticeships and the digital transition, and their implications for policy making, bringing together policy makers, practitioners and researchers from around the world. 
The call for papers on new research or analysis of practices on the topic is now published (22 July 2022). Selected papers will be included in the joint Cedefop/OECD publication on the same topics and/or will be presented during the 2023 symposium.

UPDATE: New deadline for abstract submissions: 15 November

Digital technologies have the potential to boost more inclusive and sustainable growth by spurring innovation, generating efficiencies and improving services. Digitalisation and automation, underpinned by advances in robotics, artificial intelligence and other digital technologies, have an impact on employment, changing skill needs and potentially resulting in skill mismatch. They also support the development of new forms of work and learning, such as platform or gig work, remote ICT-based work, distance or blended learning, crowdlearning.
As new or redefined skills may be required, apprenticeships, by being tightly linked to the labour market, can provide opportunities to develop the right skills for the digital transition, both for youth in initial education and for adults in need of upskilling or reskilling.  They can support and foster the transformation processes triggered by digitalisation, at least in terms of new or redefined training content/learning outcomes. At the same time, digitalisation presents an opportunity for apprenticeships to adjust to new forms of training that are facilitated by new technologies.

The symposium will explore the link between apprenticeship and the digital transition in two strands:  
A.    What is the impact of digitalisation on the demand for apprenticeship training (e.g., in terms of new or redefined skills, occupations, programmes, curricula etc.)? 
B.    What is the impact of digitalisation on apprenticeship training supply (e.g., teaching and training methodologies, training of teachers and trainers to use new technologies etc.)?   

Cedefop and the OECD will welcome abstracts on both strands. The call for papers is now published (22 July 2022).  
Authors will have time until 1 November to submit their abstract.   
A joint Cedefop/OECD panel will assess the abstracts and inform authors of the most relevant ones to develop full papers. If selected, papers will be (a) presented during the 2023 Symposium and/or (b) included in the subsequent joint Cedefop/OECD publication. 

Key steps and dates for interested authors: 

  • Launch of call for papers: 22 July 2022 
  • Deadline for abstract submission: 1 November 2022  15 November 2022 
  • Selection of abstracts: 15 December 2022 
  • Deadline for draft full paper: 1 March 2023 
  • Draft full paper review by Cedefop/OECD: 2 May 2023 
  • Deadline for symposium presentations: 9 June 2023 
  • Event: 15-16 June 2023 
  • Deadline for full paper: September 2023 (provisional, tbc) 
  • Expected publication date: January 2024 (provisional, tbc) 

  
Registration of general participants will open in March 2023.  
  
The 2023 Symposium continues the joint work of Cedefop and the OECD on apprenticeships. See more about our past events and publications: