Plenary sessions

1. Ensuring employers and workers meet in the middle

Megatrends related to the future of work, including automation and digitalisation, are leaving many firms with a large number of unfilled positions, which negatively impacts overall productivity and growth. This session will gather insights from employers (including SMEs), and local practitioners about how labour market and skills programmes can be better designed to address on-going and rapidly changing employer needs. 

2. Building opportunity for all

Increasingly, those furthest away from the labour market face multi-faceted barriers to finding a good job. Cities and regions are often at the “front-line” of providing services to these groups which include the long-term unemployed, the low-skilled, and migrants. Cities and regions must work with a range of partners, including employment services and social enterprises to “find, mind, and bind” people to good quality jobs. This session will explore critical success factors for working with disadvantaged groups to activate them in the labour market. 

Break-out sessions

Addressing skills shortages in a digital labour market

  • Matching people to jobs using AI and other digital tools
  • Supporting career transitions in a digital world
  • People-centred reponses to the future of work

The power of place

  • Unlocking the skills and talent potential of SMEs  
  • Cultivating successful entrepreneurs for local innovation and job creation
  • Creating local ecosystems for social innovation 

Raising labour supply through targeted programmes to disadvantaged groups

  • Integrating migrants in local labour markets: What works?
  • Promoting lifelong learning in cities and regions
  • Designing local strategies for the long term unemployed and the economically inactive

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