Masterclass Series

Masterclasses “The SKILLS Bridge”

Come and join a series of classes that explore effective practices and innovative approaches to develop skills and qualifications needed to succeed in today's and tomorrow's world of work.

Web page | online | 15 November 2022

New technologies, demographic shifts, climate change, globalisation, and, more recently, the global health pandemic are causing major disruptions to the world of work and increasing skills mismatch. Many countries across the globe face challenges in overcoming skills mismatches, resulting in lower productivity and competitiveness.

A key to effective and efficient skills and lifelong learning systems is harnessing sustainable partnerships and effective communication between different stakeholders, including both public and private actors, in all aspects of skills systems to ensure longevity and applicability.

In order to shine a light on successful practices in organising and managing skills and lifelong learning systems around the globe, the ILO Skills and Employability Branch hosts a series of Masterclasses titled “The SKILLS Bridge”. The series brings together senior experts from different countries to share the most tested and effective practices and innovative approaches adopted in equipping people with the skills and qualifications needed to succeed in todays and tomorrow’s world of work. It offers a space to adapt and replicate these approaches to improve skills and lifelong learning schemes and systems with the local complexities in mind.

The Masterclasses title “The SKILLS Bridge” refers to invaluable role of skills and lifelong learning schemes in closing existing skills gaps, aligning demand and supply, and in uniting private and public sector collaboration. It is a unique platform to take stock of innovative approaches, identify new practices, and evaluate recent developments in the skills ecosystems across geographies.


The Masterclasses title “The SKILLS Bridge” refers to invaluable role of skills and lifelong learning schemes in closing existing skills gaps, aligning demand and supply, and in uniting private and public sector collaboration.
 

Calendar

 

SKILLS Bridge Masterclass

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    1

    Succeeding at dual VET: A Swiss case study
    30/03/22

    In collaboration with the State Secretariat for Education, Research, and Innovation (SERI) Switzerland, this episode of the “The SKILLS Bridge” Masterclasses discussed success factors of the dual VET system in Switzerland, including

    The key topics the webinar addressed were:

    • Attractiveness of dual VET/ apprenticeships and enabling factors: from a systemic perspective – from a company perspective – from an individual perspective.
    • VET learning in different settings: the necessity of coordination and cooperation between learning locations – variations for the organisation of dual VET - the operational challenges and advantages for a company – the pedagogy of dual VET – new approaches to facilitate coordination
    • Work-based learning as an essential means to acquire transversal competences: importance for companies - efficiency – role of transversal competences as a basis for LLL

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    Digital transformations: Modernising apprenticeships and matching the needs of the digital economy
    07/12/22

    The second episode discussed how apprenticeships can bridge the digital gap, through meeting the skills needs of the digital economy and through investigating how apprenticeships can be modernised and transformed by using digital technology. Two of the thematic reports under the Apprenticeships Development for Universal Lifelong Learning and Training (ADULT) project, supported by the Government of Flanders were presented, and a case study gave concrete insights into new approaches.

    The key topics the webinar addressed were:

    • Promoting apprenticeships to meet the skills needs of the digital and knowledge economy
    • The digital transformation of apprenticeships: Emerging opportunities and barriers
    • Case Studies: Technologies to fill the gap between off the-job and on the-job training

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    Digital transformations in Skills and Lifelong Learning systems: Challenges and enabling factors
    25/07/23

    This episode of "The SKILLS Bridge" Masterclasses explored how digital transformation can enhance TVET programs in developing countries, showcasing successful practices from Singapore and India and discussing the use of digital technology in Skills and Lifelong Learning systems while addressing barriers and enablers for technology adoption.

    The key topics the webinar addressed were:

    • Innovative use of digital technology in Skills and Lifelong Learning systems and programmes
    • Barriers and enablers for benefiting from the innovations in technology

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    Empowering Sector Skills Bodies: Strategies to Overcome Challenges and Improve Effectiveness
    29/08/23

    This episode of "The SKILLS Bridge" Masterclass series explored the role Sector Skills Bodies can play in enhancing skills and lifelong learning systems demand-driven. Starting from the cases of the UK, India and South Africa, the webinar discussed best practices, lessons learned, and hindering and enabling factors.

    The key topics the webinar addressed were:

    • What are the key challenges and enabling factors for the long-term sustainability and effectiveness of Sector Skills Bodies, including a focus on financing their operations.

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    Small Steps, big Gains: Micro-credentials for Lifelong Learning
    15/11/23

    This episode of "The SKILLS Bridge" Masterclasses discussed the topic of Micro-credentials. They provide a convenient and fast way to acquire specific skills, enabling individuals to remain adaptable in today's dynamic job market. However, to fully realize their potential, challenges such as establishing standards, recognition, affordability, and staying up-to-date with industry changes need to be addressed.

    The key topics the webinar addressed were:

    • Institution initiatives for micro-credentials: Successfully implemented micro-credential examples
    • Principles for scalable higher education: Address challenges, leverage opportunities, and establish a quality assurance framework
    • Ensuring credibility and recognition: Essential measures for secure management of digital micro-credentials by private entities and roles of government-private sector collaboration for trust-building

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    Innovations and Strategies – Recognition of Prior Learning in Africa
    13/02/24

    In view of the challenges faced by African countries in implementing RPL, this episode of the “SKILLS Bridge” Masterclass series is titled "Innovations and Strategies for RPL in Africa" and is co-organised with our partners, the Sub–Saharan African Skills & Apprenticeship Stakeholders Network (SASASNET) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).

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Audience

Anyone interested in improving skills and lifelong learning systems around the world can join these Masterclasses. There are no fees

Language

The working language of the Masterclass series is English.

Coordinator of Masterclass series

Dr Ashwani Aggarwal (aggarwal@ilo.org),
Team Leader for Work Group (WBL, apprenticeships, RPL and core skills), ILO Geneva

Contact person

Livia Husmann (husmann@iloguest.org)