Local economies are being called to address urgently the enormous skills challenge in the context of the digital transformation. Facing a new paradigm of unprecedented change, uncertain and unpredictable, a number of initiatives to bridge the skills gap is being developed by local governments in Europe, and around the world. Despite the efforts, skills shortage and skills mismatch still persists, as several recent studies and reports predicting a pessimistic future.
More than ever, everyone needs to be involved and to be part of the solution: governments, companies and citizens, but also education institutions, employment agencies, and statistics institutes, to ensure an efficient skills alignment a sustainable economic development and to prepare people for this new paradigm.
Given the evolving role of local authorities and public services in this new dynamic context, the workshop on Jobs and Skills in the Local Economy is intended to be a session where attendees will participate in short presentations by three invited representatives of European cities that are developing innovative solutions to meet these challenges (to be confirmed representatives from Bilbao, Luxemburg, Greece).
Moreover, an inspirational talk on the importance of “human skills” will stimulate the debate, between the three invited speakers, on how cities can pragmatically approach the technological and human skills challenges.