Sat 14-10-2017 23:10 PM

Leaders of technical and vocational education and training to gather in Abu Dhabi for WorldSkills Conference 2017

ABU DHABI, 14th October, 2017 (WAM) -- leaders of WorldSkills, Who’s Who of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training,TVET, representatives of governments, international organisations, and business will descend on the UAE capital for WorldSkills Conference 2017 to debate the fundamental issues and challenges the TVET sector faces.

Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and vocational education and training, ACTVET, will host the WorldSkills Conference 2017 from 16th to 17th October in Abu Dhabi under the theme ''Skills strategies for a globalised world''. The conference is held against the backdrop of the WorldSkills event, where close to 1,300 competitors from 60 countries and regions will gather together in Abu Dhabi for the chance to win a prestigious WorldSkills medal in their chosen skill.

''Except for in a handful of countries there is still not "parity of esteem" between vocational and academic education. At the same time TVET systems have not kept up to speed with the changing demands of the economies that they serve. This mismatch will become greater with the acceleration of the technological changes that we are already witnessing,'' said Simon Bartley,President of WorldSkills, and David Hoey, CEO of WorldSkills, in a joint introduction remarks at the event website.

''Last year global youth unemployment rates rose for the first time in three years, with the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimating that the rate was 13.1%. That is 71 million young people out of work. In some of the regions where WorldSkills is most active, such as Asia, including the Middle East and North Africa, the proportion of young people out of work is much higher. Until now there has not been an opportunity for our network to debate these issues together, and to help to shape the agenda of governments and businesses. We very much hope that the WorldSkills Conference 2017 will start to change this,'' the leaders of World Skills noted.

''Over the coming two days you will hear from some of the leading organisations that will be instrumental in overcoming the challenges of global youth unemployment, the skills gap, and the imminent Fourth Industrial Revolution.

''This Conference would not have been possible without the support of our Conference Coalition. We would like to thank them, and the hosts of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, ACTVET. We would also like to acknowledge the hard and determined work of the Chair of the Conference Coalition and WorldSkills Board member, Laurence Gates. WorldSkills Conference 2017 is the first in what will become an annual gathering. WorldSkills Conference 2018, will be held in Amsterdam in October next year.

Organisers say the two-day event will enable delegates to share experiences and discuss ways to enhance training systems for young people now and in the future.

[Image courtesy WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017]

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