2002 TVET International Conference: Developing Skills for the New Economy

Venue: Delta Winnipeg

Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Event Date/Time: Oct 17, 2002 End Date/Time: Oct 19, 2002
Registration Date: Oct 16, 2002
Early Registration Date: Jul 31, 2002
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Our society is continuously moving towards a knowledge-based economy: an economy in which the application of knowledge replaces capital, raw materials, and labour as the main means of production. The synergy of combining new information and communication technologies with human skills has dramatically altered job content and skills requirements at the workplace. Good jobs have become technologically complex and are demanding sophisticated work skills. Simple, routine and low-level functions are diminishing. The perception of the role of human interventions in the economic transactions has also changed. The potential contribution that an individual can make in acquiring and applying knowledge for improving processes, products and services is becoming more important than the physical labour. The knowledge embodied in a product has become a key element of production.
To engage all key stakeholders in a discussion regarding skill development for the New Economy, the Canadian Vocational Association (CVA) and UNEVOC-Canada, the Canadian Centre for UNESCO’s International Project on Technical and Vocational Education will co-host an international conference:
October 17-19, 2002
Conference Venue:
Delta Winnipeg
350 St. Mary Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3C 3J2 Canada

It is apparent that our future requires education and innovation to develop and maintain an efficient, competitive and successful workforce. Today's youth has a critical role to play in fueling the New Economy. As tomorrow's workforce, today's youth will have to compete in an increasingly knowledge-based society. To succeed in today's ever-changing global economy, today's youth must be exposed to the necessary skills and knowledge the New Economy demands and the abundant professional opportunities it has to offer.
This conference will also provide youth with the opportunity to explore career options and the skills required to succeed as they experience active, hands-on visits to potential career sites.

· Information and Communication Technologies in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)
· Essential Skills for the New Economy
· Skill Development in Disrupted and Emerging Economies
· Empowering Indigenous Learners for Knowledge-Based Employment
· Innovations in Workforce Development
· Equipping Youth for a Successful School-to-Work Transition
· Learning Partnerships and Apprenticeship Reform
· Promoting Access and Equity for Disadvantaged Groups *
· On-the-Job Training in High Performance Workplaces *

* For workshops only

· To engage participants in a dialogue on the impact of the New Economy on job and workforce development
· To introduce participants to research, policy initiatives, case studies, best practices, exemplary accomplishments and programs, innovative approaches, and strategies currently being used internationally in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to equip the workforce with the critical skills required in the New Economy.
· To promote youth awareness of career opportunities to compete and succeed in trades and technology in the New Economy.


350 St. Mary Avenue