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Jobs and Skills in the Local Economy: Challenges and potential solutions
30 January 2020
Jobs and Skills in the Local Economy: Challenges and potential solutions

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.

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. The workshop will take place on the 31st January, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. in the Noble Hall of Alfândega do Porto within CITIES Forum 2020.

The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a Welcome Session titled "Porto.ForTalent initiative” given by Mr. Ricardo Valente, City Councillor for Economy, Tourism and Commerce and City Councillor for European Funds.

It will be followed by presentations within the scope of "Fostering Jobs and Skills adaptation to the Digital Economy through innovative solutions” with speakers Ivan Jimenez (Bizkaia Talent, Biscay), Christian Scharff (Expert on Skills in the Digital Economy, PWC Luxembourg) and Frank Schutte (BRIDGE Project, Rotterdam) at 10:50 a.m.

At 11:20 a.m. begins the debate "Addressing technological skills in the Local Economy with human skills” moderated by Paula Marques (Nova School of Business and Economics) and having as speakers Ivan Jimenez, Christian Scharff, and Frank Schutte.

The workshop will end with a Q&A moment. As 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.

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