Jobs and Skills in the Local Economy: Challenges and potential solutions

Location: Noble Hall, Alfandega
Date: Fri, January 31
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM

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, several initiatives to bridge the skills gap are being developed by local governments in Europe, and around the world. Despite the efforts, skills shortage and skills mismatch persist, as several recent studies and reports predicting a pessimistic future have shown.

More than ever, everyone needs to be involved and to be part of the solution: governments, companies and citizens, but also educational institutions, employment agencies, and statistics institutes, in order to ensure an efficient skills alignment, a sustainable economic development, and to prepare people for this new paradigm.

Jobs and Skills in the Local Economy has also been the thematic focus of one of the Partnerships of the Urban Agenda for the EU.

Given the current role of local authorities in this new context, the workshop on Jobs and Skills in the Local Economy intends to explore innovative solutions that have been developed in some European cities to meet these challenges.


31 January


Parallel workshops

Workshop on Jobs and Skills in the Local Economy: Challenges and Potential Solutions

Venue: Alfândega do Porto



“Porto. for talent” initiative

Ricardo Valente, City Councillor for Economy, Tourism and Commerce and City Councillor for European Funds


Short presentations: Fostering Jobs and Skills adaptation to the Digital Economy through innovative solutions

Ivan Jimenez (Bizkaia Talent, Biscay)

Christian Scharff (Expert on Skills in the Digital Economy, PWC Luxembourg)

Frank Schutte (BRIDGE Project, Rotterdam)


Inspirational debate: Addressing technological skills in the Local Economy with human skills

Ivan Jimenez, Christian Scharff, and Frank Schutte | Moderator: Paula Marques (Nova School of Business and Economics)


Q & A

Parallel Workshop

Noble Hall

Porto for Talent