What trends will skills development follow? How are countries overcoming obstacles, given their different realities?
These questions refer to the way societies and dynamic economies deal with cultural questions and skills development challenges. Such challenges involve many cross-cutting factors, including anticipating skills needs, institutional and teaching-learning process management, professional guidance, training of trainers, curricular structure, assessment processes and the very close links between education and the job market.
These and other issues and forecasts related to vocational training were considered during the Skills Development International Conference 2016, organized by the National Service of Industrial Apprenticeship - SENAI (Curitiba, Brazil), SENAI National Department (Brasília - Brazil) with the technical support of the Inter-American Centre for Knowledge Development in Vocational Training - ILO/CINTERFOR (Montevideo, Uruguay) and the Centre.
The conference was held from 4 to 12 August 2016 in Curitiba, Brazil, with 400 Latin American participants in the first two days and 140 for the elective courses in the second week. It offered learning opportunities and an exchange of experiences among institutions on the following themes:
- Skills development, competitiveness and innovation;
- Skills and social development;
- Strategic and operational management at vocational training institutions;
- Teaching and learning methodologies.
The objective of this conference was to provide the necessary tools for the development of the skills of directors, managers, teachers and technical teams to modernize their training institutions, in view of experiences also drawn from the 2015 Academy on Skills Development organized by the Centre.