Program 2018-08-01T02:04:55+00:00


The 2018 WFCP World Congress Program……….140 Speakers………..from over 20 Countries…….and growing.

All focused on Preparing for the Skills Future, Now.

The Congress Program is all set to deliver on its promise of supporting policy makers, researchers institute and college leaders and practitioners explore the future of professional and technical education and training, with an impressive line-up of speakers from across the world ready to share their insights and expertise.

A heavy hitting group of key note speakers will set the context for the Congress.

Skills Expert Mr Dirk van Damme, Head of the Innovation and Measuring Progress Division (IMEP), OECD (France), joined remotely by education chief Dr Andreas Schleicher, will present the latest research from the world’s leading education think tank, including the types of skills that are increasingly needed as some tasks are automated and the nature of occupations change, beyond the usual distinction between routine and non-routine jobs. The presentation will also discuss the type of education and training programmes needed to facilitate job-to-job transitions and the implications for education and training systems.

As American professional baseballer, Yogi Berra, would’ve said “the future ain’t what it used to be!”.  Canadian futurist, entrepreneur, educationalist and humourist, Professor Stephen Murgatroyd, will explore this quote in his keynote presentation, titled The Future Isn’t a Straight Line from the Past – Challenge and Change and the Future of Learning.  Stephen will explore eight major patterns and trends which will impact us all and lead to major change in teaching, learning, skills development and assessment. He will look at the impact of demographics, shifts in regional economic geography, shifts in the nature of work and the nature of organizations, emerging technologies and their impact on work, community and people and the emergence of the gig economy. He will raise issues about the impact of these developments on the demand for learning, on the nature of learning and on identity. He will suggest specific implications for polytechnics and those seeking to drive education from the need to have an impact on the communities with which they work.

Dr David Finegold, President of Chatham University, will provide an address linking skills development and economic development.  Dr Finegold will focus on the key global trends that are shaping the environment for higher education and the challenges and opportunities this creates for the leaders of these institutions.

Education and training must be deeply redesigned for versatility and adaptability. That’s the view of Charles Fadel, a global education thought leader and author, futurist and inventor; founder and chairman of the Center for Curriculum Redesign.  Charles will be sharing his experiences on Education for the Age of Artificial Intelligence. Many technologies, particularly artificial intelligence and biotechnology are redefining what it means to be human, and succeed in life and work and redefined education and training that’s required.

The world of work is changing for all economies.  What does this mean for the delivery of professional and technical education in developing economies? Associate Professor Stephanie Allais, Research Chair for the Skills Development Centre at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, will present a key note address on The Role of TVET in Ensuring No One is Left Behind: Critical Perspectives from Africa, where she will provide insights into the patterns and issues emerging from developing country contexts.

Can marketisation and strong policy and systems based approaches co-exist? In his presentation entitled Scripting the Future – exploring potential strategic leadership responses to the marketization and privatisation of English Further Education provision, David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, UK, explores this issue.

The Congress theme, Preparing for the Skills Future, Now will make a difference to the outcomes for millions of vocational and professional students world-wide.

The changing nature of work means workers will need different kinds of skills. They will harness knowledge rather needing to know specific facts. Creativity and innovation will be important, foundation skills will remain essential, as will the ability to solve problems. Employers will seek workers who can co-create and collaborate through teams.

People in every country and in every industry and occupation will be affected. This raises questions about how to prepare young people for careers in which they will use a more generic set of skills, rather than skills for narrowly defined jobs.

New technologies which disrupt production and work processes will equally disrupt the education and training process. What will be the role of colleges and polytechnics in the future?

What will be the value-add in teaching and training?

Colleges and polytechnics are well placed to lead the debate. They can build on their expertise in understanding industry trends and teaching and training a wide range of students.

People in every country and in every industry and occupation will be affected by changes in skills needs. The WFCP aspires for citizens around the globe to benefit from these fundamental changes, regardless of their educational background. Governments, industry and educationalists need to work together to ensure no one is left behind. The Congress will examine this perplexing social and community issue.

The 2018 World Congress will focus on action oriented solutions to these challenges.


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 The draft preliminary program is subject to change at any time.