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Inter-sectoral Workshop: "Skills for the Future: Coordination between Ministries of Education and Labor"

Inter-sectoral Workshop on "Skills for the Future: Coordination between Ministries of Education and Labor"
Santiago, Chile – May 16 - 17, 2019


How to educate our youth for the Jobs of the Future? How are education and training systems responding to accelerated technological change? What are the Skills for the Future and how are we developing them?

To discuss these and many other challenges that the Future of Work poses both in education and labor policy-making, officers from the Ministries of Education and Labor of the region gathered in Santiago de Chile on May 16th - 17th, to participate in the Inter-sectoral Workshop on "Skills for the Future: Coordination between Ministries of Education and Labor". Experts from international organizations and representatives of workers, employers, private sector and academic institutions also participated in the discussions.

The purpose of the Workshop was to promote the development of the skills for the future, address the human capital gap and better align education and training to current and future needs of the world of work.

The event was hosted by the Government of Chile and organized by the OAS with support from the Inter-American Center for Knowledge Development in Vocational Training (CINTERFOR) of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

During the event, participants were divided into 3 sub-regional groups to identify lessons learned and policy recommendations. The Secretariat is currently working with the moderators and with each one of the groups to finalize these documents, which will inform the way forward.


•  OUTCOMES - Lessons learned and policy reccommendations

•  Agenda

•  Descriptive document with agenda

•  Information Guide

•  Base document: The Coordination between Education and Labor in the Americas


Panel 1:Education and training for the future of work and the skills for the future

Moderator: Maria Claudia Camacho, Chief, Labor and Employment Section, Department of Human Development, Education and Employment, SEDI, OAS.

•  Fernando Vargas, Regional Specialist on Professional Training, ILO/CINTERFOR

•  Carmen Pages-Serra, Chief, Labor Markets and Social Security Unit, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)

•  Jurgen Weller, Chief, Employment Studies Unit, Economic Development Division, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

•  Helena Rovner, Senior Specialist on Human Development, World Bank

•  Bibiam Diaz, Education Specialist, CAF Development Bank of Latin America

Panel 2:Approaches and responses from the Ministries of Education and Labor to the changing reality of the world of work. Emphasis on inter-institutional coordination efforts.

Moderator: Fernando Vargas, Regional Specialist on Professional Training, ILO/CINTERFOR

•  ARGENTINA: Technological education and skills development in Argentina, Leandro Goroyesky, Executive Director, National Institute of Technological Education (INET) and Maria Alejandra Cervio, Director of Professional Training, Employment Secretariat, Ministry of Production and Labor

•  CHILE: Inter-sectoral coordination in Chile, Ricardo Ruiz, Deputy Director of the National Service for Training and Employment (SENCE) and Monica Brevis, Chief of Technical-Professional Area, Higher Education Division, Ministry of Education

•  COLOMBIA: National Qualification System and other education-labor articulation efforts: Ligia Carrero, Coordinator of the Labor Training Policy of the Ministry of Labor

•  JAMAICA: Nicole Brown, Director of Corporate Planning, Ministry of Education, Youth and Information

Panel 3:Participation of the private sector and social actors in the development of skills for the future

Moderator: Cecilia Martins, Education Specialist, Department of Human Development, Education and Employment, SEDI, OAS.

•  Telefonica Foundation: Luis Miguel Olivas Global Head of the Employability Area

•  Laboratoria: Jose Tomas Lobo, Director of Laboratoria Chile

•  Nestlé: Juan Esteben Dulcic, Chief of Human Resources, Nestlé Chile

•  Ford: Javier Grasso, Talent Manager, Human Resources

•  Google: Marta Rey-Babarro, Head of Research, Chromebooks and ChromeOS devices

Panel 4: Approaches and responses from education institutions to skills for the future training

Moderator: Ricardo Paredes, President, DUOC-Catholic University of Chile

•  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) J-WEL, M.S. Vijay Kumar, Associate Dean of Open Learning

•  Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (IOHE): Oscar Garrido, Dean of Universidad de Los Lagos and IOHE President

•  CEDUC UCN Technical Training Center: Carlos Saiz, Executive Director and Maritzaida Rojas, Academic Director

Panel 5: Approaches and responses from workers and employers organizations

Moderator: Francisco Siva Bafalluy, Executive Secretary of Chile Valora

•  Workers representative: Marta Pujadas, representing the Chair of the Trade Union Technical Advisory Council (COSATE)

•  Employers representative: Fernando Alvear, Executive Director of the Production and Trade Confederation of Chile and delegate from the Business Technical Advisory Committee on Labor Matters (CEATAL)