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"Mission Growth" Forum 3

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Forum 3: Skills for the New Industrial Revolution

The transition to a knowledge-based and innovation-driven economy is accelerating. But skills shortages, gaps and mismatches still affect negatively growth, competitiveness, innovation and employment in Europe.  The crisis revealed deep structural weaknesses in our labour markets: the unemployment rate hit a new high at 10.1 % in the EU in January 2012. Youth unemployment reached a new historic high of 22.4 %.

In the matter of fact jobs for highly-qualified people are expected to rise by 16 million between now and 2020, while those held by low skilled workers will decline by around 12 million. A major concern is the decline of interest among young people concerning the important fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It is estimated that the lack of STEM-skilled labour will be one of the main obstacles to economic growth in the EU in the coming years.

During the Conference "Mission for Growth" our guests will focus on crucial issues such as: what are the skills strategies and how to ensure that Europe remains a leader in the New Industrial Revolution? Moreover how Europe can boost STEM education and increase training investments.

  • Mark Spelman, Global Head of Strategy, Accenture
  • Thérèse de Liedekerke, Managing Director, BUSINESSEUROPE
  • Sandra Zuccaro, Max Valier Technical High School, Bolzano/Bozen
  • Arnaldo Abruzzini, Secretary General, EUROCHAMBRES
  • Zoran Stancic, Deputy Director-General for the Information Society and Media, European Commission
  • Richard Straub, Senior Advisor, Senior Advisor, IBM Global Education Industry
  • Nils Fonstad, Associate Director, INSEAD eLAB

Discussion paper for Forum 3 pdf - 96 KB [96 KB]

 

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