Skills Virtual Fair: South-south and triangular cooperation

Objectives of the Skills Fair

The Skills Virtual Fair aims to identify innovative solutions, through South-South and triangular cooperation, for specific skills development challenges, now exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The expected outcome of this initiative is to establish partnerships between participants, as well as peer learning opportunities, related to the following aspects of skills development and lifelong learning:
  • Quality apprenticeships,
  • Skills need anticipation,
  • Digital skills & digital transformation
  • Skills in Agriculture
Given the travel and meeting restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Skills Fair will happen virtually on vFairs platform with Augmented Reality (AR). Virtual fairs and conferencing solutions provide a virtual infrastructure where on-line summits/fairs can be organised with exhibition booths (Market Fairs, Knowledge Fairs,) for large audiences.

This chosen format will allow participants to engage with other experts and creates the possibility to network around the thematics of the forum.

Participants

Tripartite constituents and relevant stakeholders from 34 countries from the Global South are invited to participate.

Participants:
  • will have the opportunity to attend panel discussions on selected topics
  • will be invited to present good practices and some will be supported to design and host virtual booths
  • will be invited to identify other institutions to negotiate and discuss partnership opportunities, facilitated by the ILO.

Concretely, participants to the online virtual fair will have the possibility to:
  • Be welcomed at the virtual info desk where all information about the conference will be provided;
  • Go to the exhibit hall where different on-line exhibition booths present projects, organisations, or institutions;
  • Participate to discussions in the auditorium where participants can view live webinars, pre-recorded videos and semi-live sessions;
  • Receive a virtual bag in which they can record all the on-line resources and share business cards (vCards) with other participants in the networking lounge or the partner pavilion:
  • Access a live help-desk in case of technical issues.
To be part of the virtual event, please register here

Agenda

Day 1: 21 April 2021 (CEST TIME)

7.00am Opening of the Virtual Fair
7.00am - 8.30am Exhibition and in-booth interactions and webinars
8.30am - 9.30am SSTC experiences on Skills in Asia (EN, FR)
9.30am - 11.00am  Exhibition and in-booth interactions and webinars
10.00am - 10.20am  Human Stories: The role of SSTC in achieving SDGs (EN, FR)
11.00am – 12.00pm    Thematic session: Fostering SSTC in Skills Anticipation and Matching (EN, FR)
12.00pm - 1.00pm Networking session
1.00pm - 2.00pm Global Opening - SSTC in Skills (EN, FR, AR, ES)
2.00pm - 3.00pm Thematic session: Fostering SSTC in the Digital Transformation of Skills systems (EN, FR)
3.00pm - 4.00pm Networking session
4.00pm - 5.30pm Exhibition and in-booth interactions and webinars
6.00pm - 7.00pm SSTC experiences on Skills in LAC (EN, FR, ES)
7.00pm - 8.30pm Exhibition and in-booth interactions and webinars
8.00pm Conversation with SENAI (EN, FR, ES)

 Day 2: 22 April 2021 (CEST TIME)

7.00am                 Opening of the Virtual Fair
7.00am - 8.00am  Exhibition and in-booth interactions and webinars
8.00am - 9.00am SSTC experiences on Skills in the MENA region, with a focus on Agriculture (EN, FR, AR)
9.00am - 10.30am  Exhibition and in-booth interactions and webinars
10.00am - 10.20am Human Stories: Tech solutions in Agriculture (EN, FR, AR)
10.30am - 11.30am SSTC experiences on Skills in Africa (EN, FR)
11.30am - 12.30pm       Thematic session: Innovative practices to engage SMEs and use digital technology in apprenticeships (EN, FR)
12.30pm - 1.30pm  Networking session
1.30pm - 2.30pm  Global Opening – Tech Fair (EN, FR, AR, ES)
2.30pm - 4.00pm Exhibition and in-booth interactions and webinars (Tech Fair)
3.00pm - 4.00pm                                  Thematic sessions on: “Tech solutions for the development of digital and soft skills” and “Tech solutions for the development of technical skills” (EN, FR, ES)
4.00pm - 5.00pm Presentation of potential partnerships (EN, FR, AR, ES)
5.00pm - 6.00pm Thematic sessions on: “Tech solutions for job matching” and “Tech solutions for e-Governance” (EN, FR, ES)
5.00pm - 7.00pm Exhibition and in-booth interactions and webinars (Tech Fair)
7.00pm Closing of the Virtual Fair


Background

A series of webinars were held in 2020 focussed on Skills Development thematic areas and on sectoral approaches. During these webinars, participants identified SSTC priorities for the development of:
  • Quality apprenticeships,
  • Skills need anticipation (focus on Skills for trade and economic diversification), and
  • Digital skills & digital transformation
  • Skills training in specific sectors
The identified priorities are assessed as potential subjects for South-South and Triangular (SST) partnerships.