The European Training Foundation’s (ETF) conference on the Torino Process, Changing Skills for a Changing World, took place in Turin, Italy on 7-8 June.
The Torino Process is the ETF’s flagship evidence-based policy tool for evaluating and implementing systematic change in vocational education and training (VET) policies in its partner countries. Education and training systems must engage in changing skills to ensure learners and workers acquire the adaptability needed to thrive in the fast changing world of work. The future of skills, VET and labor market systems were therefore at the forefront of the conference, which brought together more than 300 delegates.
Commissioner Marianne Thyssen delivered the keynote speech underlining that “on a global scale, the competitiveness and capacity to drive innovation of countries would, to a great extent, be determined by the skills of our people… We need to ensure our workforce is resilient and ready to reap the benefits of change. But it is also more than this – in the European Union, as in our partner countries, we must invest in people, because investing in people and their skills also creates more stable and inclusive societies” she said.
Madlen Serban, ETF Director, stressed the importance of widening the focus of the ETF’s work with partner countries to meet and embrace change.
The conference sessions introduced delegates to the five key concepts upon which the fifth round of the Torino Process will be centred. Innovation, diversification, delivery, cooperation and future were the key words that framed the discussions, debates and workshops.
Entrepreneurship and innovation in VET were also key themes of the conference. The Ideas Market embodied this, capturing changing skills through the eyes of young innovators.
The ETF will launch a call for good practice in promoting entrepreneurship as a key competence in VET. The competition is open to all VET providers from ETF partner countries. The award and the winner will be presented at the European Vocational Skills Week on 20-24 November 2017.
More information can be found http://www.etf.europa.eu .