Digitalisation, SDGs & Future of work – Addressing Tomorrow’s Skills and Jobs Challenges
ACCA (The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), PwC, BSA | The Software Alliance and the European Movement International held a panel discussion entitled ‘Digitalisation, SDGs & Future of work: addressing tomorrow’s skills and jobs challenges’ on 15 October 2019 (11:30-14:30) at the Hotel Renaissance, Brussels (Rue du Parnasse 19).
The Future of work is a worldwide concern, strongly enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially target 4.4 towards increasing the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship, and Goal 8 on decent work and economic growth.
In our global, fast-evolving, digitalised world, it is thus imperative to understand the impact – both in terms of disruption and opportunities- of artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and other digital technologies on employment and current and future labour market demand, including for new forms of digital labour and business models, to take the appropriate actions to re/up-skill the current workforce and make sure the skills of the young generations are future-proof.
As individuals, employers, education providers, policy makers, we all need to think how to develop the professional skills needed in this changing world, also going beyond technical knowledge, including emotional intelligence, as well as continuous learning, as careers are longer and paths increasingly less linear. But this requires both a certain mindset and probably a kind of paradigm shift for many.
– Helen Brand, OBE, Chief Executive | ACCA
Key note speech
– Eva Maydell, MEP, President |European Movement International
Moderated by Dr. Kristina Dervojeda, leader of PwC Innovation Research Centre | PwC Netherlands
– Mark Keese, Head of Skills and Employability Division | OECD
– Kasia Jurczak, Member of Cabinet of Marianne Thyssen | EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility
– Martina Bisello, Research Officer, Employment Unit | Eurofound
– Thomas Boué, Director General, Policy – EMEA at BSA | The Software Alliance
– Anna Widegren, Secretary General | European Youth Forum
Key note speech
– Dragoș Pîslaru, Member of the European Parliament | Renew Europe Group
14.20 Key note concluding remarks
– Riikka-Maria Turkia, Counsellor for Employment | Finnish Permanent Representation to the EU
This was a side event related to Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and part of the European Vocational Skills Week 2019.