- When: 21 – 22 April 2021
- Registration: To register for this event, please click here.
The ILO SKILLS Branch in Geneva, the regional office for Africa, the Partnerships and Field Support Department (PARDEV) and the International Training Centre (ITC) joined forces to promote South-South and triangular cooperation (SSTC) on skills development in Africa and beyond. The SSTC Skills Forum was launched in December 2020 with a technical webinar.
The next step will be the organization of the SSTC Skills Virtual Fair on 21-22 April 2021, a knowledge-building and knowledge-sharing event in a format that will allow participants to engage with top-notch experts and network with peers around topics of interest. Tripartite constituents from 34 countries from the Global South are invited to participate.
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.
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.
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|