European Union External Action

EU shares its insights on skills and employment

17/10/2017 - 13:16

Michel Servoz, the Director General of EMPL at the European Commission was in Abu Dhabi this week attending the 2017 Ministers TVET Summit organised on the occasion of the 44th WorldSkills Competition, where he shared the importance of investing in skills and the changing dynamics of the work place.

"It is not enough anymore to just have one skill, one has to keep learning new skills in a world constantly evolving and impacted by factors like globalization, digitalization and robotics," said Mr Servoz.

EMPL (Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) develops and carries out the European Commission's policies on employment, social affairs, education and training.

Under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the WorldSkills competitions and conference was held for the first time in the Middle East in Abu Dhabi where Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) leaders from around the globe are in the UAE capital from Oct 15 to 18 to witness the greatest skills competitions and share their insight at panels of discussion.

Youth from over 59 member countries and regions are competing in 51 skills competitions that include everything from baking to robotics to fashion design.

Mr Servoz met with local experts and moderated a panel on 'Skills and Careers without Borders: Identification of changing skills demands' that was held on Oct 16 in partnership with the European Commission and the European Centre for the Development of Vocational training (Cedefop).  Other panels were also held in partnership with the European Training Foundation (ETF).

"The European model is currently moving more towards blurring the division between traditional education and vocational or technical training, where the youth today must know a lot more skills than previous generations," said Mr Servoz.

"Our parents for instance, had one job throughout their lives whereas people from my generation moved jobs  four or five times. But today's generation, they have three to four jobs at the same time," he emphasized.

The three sessions organized by the European Commission focused on the identification of changing skills demands,  on new coordination and governance approaches and on how to promote skills without borders.

Besides discussions, 1000 booklets from the European Alliance for Apprenticeships titled "Good for Youth, Good for business" were also distributed at the event that highlighted the importance of apprenticeships  in helping the youth.


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