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26th European Forum for Vocational Education & Training Annual Conference: Work & Education aligned to the Future

October 25 - October 28

The World Economic Forum, in its 2016 publication “The Future of jobs”, states we are at the beginning of a Fourth Industrial Revolution. This is not only a technological revolution, as there are also socio-economic, geopolitical and demographic changes influencing the new scenario.

Today’s job markets and in-demand skills are vastly different from the ones of ten or even five years ago, and the pace of change is only set to accelerate. Governments, businesses and individuals alike are increasingly concerned with identifying and forecasting skills that are relevant not just today but that will remain or become so in the future to meet business demands for talent. Skills mismatches are then not only about today, but between today’s skills and future skills requirements. Some studies forecast 65% of children in today’s primary schools will work in jobs not existing yet. So we must look to those skills people will need in order to face a rapidly changing labour market.

To tackle the future challenges, all stakeholders – governments, companies, education providers and others – have to work closely to develop the 21st century curriculum. It requires new and collaborative approaches – to support individual talent, innovation, and entrepreneurship and to facilitate new incentives and opportunities. The New Skills Agenda, launched in June 2016 by the European Commission, encompasses also a number of actions to ensure that the right training, the right skills and the right support are available to people in the European Union; reskilling and upskilling of our workers is critical too.

According to CEDEFOP’s Director, Mr. James Calleja, one of the priorities for the next years is “to look at the world of work and the world of education and to see how we can align them to build the right workforce for the future”. So what is better other, than to explore in our 26th Conference in Thessaloniki how to bring closer those two worlds to face together this uncertain future?

EfVET is a European-wide professional association which has been created by and for providers of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in all European countries. Its mission is to champion and enrich technical and vocational education and training through transnational co-operation by building a pan-European network of institutions.


October 25
October 28


European Forum for Vocational Education & Training


The Met Hotel
26is Oktovriou 48
Thessaloniki, 546 27 Greece
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+30 231 001 7000

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