Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED Programme)

The Fourth Forum Meeting ‘Partnerships for Skills and Competitiveness, Vienna, Austria on 18 – 19 February 2008


The Fourth Forum Meeting
‘Partnerships for Skills and Competitiveness’
 on 18 – 19 February 2008

held at Hotel Penta-Renaissance, Vienna, Austria





Local labour markets have particular skills needs, and local stakeholders are increasingly developing specific local skills strategies to address them. Skills provide a particularly useful ‘hook’ on which to hang a number of local strategic objectives surrounding competitiveness, enterprise and inclusion. However preparing a skills strategy can be difficult. A large number of different policy areas touch on the skills agenda: education, vocational training, employment, entrepreneurship, regional development, and community development. Harnessing the buy-in of policy makers in these areas, achieving agreement on clear targets and following this through to concrete implementation can be a significant challenge.

The Fourth Forum Meeting sought to identify the best ways for partnerships to contribute to the design and implementation of skills development strategies which can boost competitiveness and make the economy more inclusive. More than 130 partnership practitioners, managers, national co-ordinators of partnership networks, and policy makers from OECD Member and non-member countries joined fruitful debates.

For more information please contact Ms Jana Machacova or Ms Ekaterina Travkina.



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18 February 2008

Opening session

Mr. Robert Strauss (Head of Unit, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunity, European Commission)

Skills and Competitiveness: Key Issues - Plenary Session 

Ms. Francesca Froy (Policy Analyst, OECD LEED Programme)
Mr. Mike Campbell (Director of Policy & Research, Sector Skills Development Agency, UK)
Mr. Mark Troppe (Manager, Strategic Partnerships, NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership, U.S.A)

Partnerships for Skills and Competitiveness: The Practice - Panel Session

Ms. Cristina Martinez-Fernandez (University of Western Sydney, Australia)
Title: Partnerships for Skills in Booming, Shrinking and Global Cities: the Case of Australia
Mr. Lutz Franzke (Technology Incubation Centre Wildau, Germany)
Title: Measuring and Addressing Skills Needs in a Rapidly Changing Local Economy: Airport Berlin-Schönefeld
Ms. Esther Côté (Rural University, Canada) and Ms. Hélène Deslauriers (Community Future Québec Canada)
Title: Building Capacities in Rural Canada: the Model of "Rural University" Partnership
Mr. Zdeněk Karásek (RPIC-ViP Ltd., Czech Republic)
Title: Developing Competencies for the Labour Market (Moravian-Silesian Region)

Comment by Mr. Roland Schneider (Economist, Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD)

19 February 2008

Working groups 1A, 1B: Measuring skills needs

Ms. Anne Meuer-Willuweit (Regional Employment Pact for Older Workers" in the region of Bielefeld/ Nordrhine-Westfalia - "Generation Gold", Germany)
Ms. Carol Perry (Liverpool First, United Kingdom)

Working groups 2A, 2B: Upgrading the skills of the current labour force

Ms. Anna Lee (Tallaght Partnership, Ireland)
Ms. Famke Soenen (RESOC Leuven, Belgium)

Working groups  3A, 3B: Dealing with loss of skills in rural areas

Ms. Brec'hed Piette (GWLAD Partnership, UK)
Ms. Inga Krekele  (Daugavpils District Partnership, Latvia)

Working groups 4A, 4B: Skills strategies in the cities

Ms. Elfriede Harrer (Territorial Employment Pact Vienna, Austria)
Mr. Lorenzo Di Pietro (Barcelona Activa – Porta22, Spain)

Working groups 5A, 5B: The local amanagement of skilled migration

Mr. Davide Libralesso (Veneto Lavoro, Italy)
Ms. Norma Roche (Avondhu Development Group, Ireland)



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