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Lifelong learning as a way to stay wanted in the labour market


03.07.2019, 11:57

On 23 August, the WorldSkills Conference 2019 will host the session “Training for tomorrow: Innovations for lifelong learning” to touch on processes of lifelong learning and new skills mastering, and methods of teaching professions which do not exist yet. Paul Comyn, Senior Skills and Employability Specialist at International Labour Organization, Njideka Harry, Founder and CEO of Youth for Technology Foundation, and Carl Frey, Co-Director and Oxford Martin Citi Fellow on the Oxford Martin Programme on Technology and Employment, will share their experience on the topic.

Throughout their life, a person of today needs to keep their knowledge and skills updated to match the changing environment, including in social and geographical terms. It is not typical anymore to spend the whole life at one’s birthplace practicing the same profession learnt during one’s youth. Particularly, the knowledge gained at school cannot secure successful social and professional adaptation throughout one’s life anymore, so lifelong learning, re-skilling and skills upgrading are necessary.

The need for lifelong-learning is driven by new technologies, findings, and equipment modifications constantly emerging in today’s world. To be competitive and wanted in the labour market and to keep up with the pace, a person needs to get knowledge and master skills throughout their entire life. Nowadays, people have a chance to change the world they expect to live in, develop, and leave for future generations. Today, it is impossible to be a master of one profession for one’s entire life. Constant skills mastering and upgrading is an essential factor of progress in the 21st century.

The knowledge-based economy is developing rapidly, imposing new requirements on the educational and staff-training system and demanding a larger-scale implementation of lifelong learning as a new model of education and talent development.

Nassim Taleb is one of the headliners at the WorldSkills Conference 2019. In his speech, he will also pay attention to the issues of adaptation and constant learning in a changing world.

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WorldSkills Kazan 2019

The 45th WorldSkills Competition – the main international event of 2019 in Russia – will take place in Kazan on 22-27 August 2019. More than 1,400 Competitors from 66 countries will compete in 56 skills.

Kazan won the right to host the Competition in 2015 having been ahead of other WorldSkills International member countries after voting. The WorldSkills Russia movement embraces all 85 Russian regions and is one of priority vocational talent development projects.

Press Office of WorldSkills Kazan 2019 Competition Organizer