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The Basque Government organizes the "1st International Employment Congress; challenges for a big change", in Vitoria-Gasteiz

2018 October 9


  • 20 experts and 200 assistants will analyze changes in the world and their impact on the labor market and employment generation policies
  • The Europa Palace, a venue for the Congress that includes visits to companies
  • Digitization, new technologies, ongoing training, among the topics that will be discussed

Vitoria-Gasteiz / Basque Country 2018 10 09

The Department of Employment and Social Policies of the Basque Government has organized the "1st International Employment Congress; challenges for a big change"  from November 5 to 7 in Vitoria-Gasteiz. Beatriz Artolazabal, Minister for Employment and Social Policies of the Basque Government, together with Ramiro González, Deputy General of Araba/Álava and Gorka Urtaran, Mayor of Vitoria-Gasteiz, will inaugurate next November 5 the meeting in which more than 200 will participate professionals.

For three days, from Monday November 5 to Wednesday 7, the Europa Conference Center will be the scene of employment, access to it and its trends. There will be discussions on changes in the world and their impact on employment, public employment policies, the future of employment and inclusion policies, the future of employment, and the role of job-generating agents. Experts from all over Europe will contribute their vision and knowledge in the meetings. Visits will be made to various Basque companies, Aernova, Mercedes Benz and the Technology Park of Miñano.

According to the Deputy Minister of Employment and Youth, Marcos Muro, "in the conference will discuss traditional occupations, the need to train in new types of work, new ideas for project-based work; the traditional salaried jobs and the rise of independent working people, the digitalization favoring work beyond companies, the dedication and participation in the company, the local offer and the global offer; the platforms; creativity and initiative, flexible labor organizations ".

The Congress will attract more than 200 attendees, agents related to employment in the public and private sectors. Registration is open to institutions and managers of employment, agents of the Euroregion, the institutions of the European Union, business organizations, cooperatives, Chambers of Commerce, employment companies, training companies, training centers, third sector and social agents.

Richard Wilkinson, founder of The Equality Trust, will speak about The challenge of inequality and employment; Sylvain Giguère, Head of the OECD's Local Economy and Employment Division, will talk about Job Creation and Local Economic Development: Prospects for the Future. Marc Vidal, analyst of digital transformation and innovation will comment on the digital transformation and the future of employment; Carsten Beck, director of the Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies, will analyze the megatrends that will define the labor market.

Fons Leroy, president of the European Network of Public Employment Services, will present The Employment Strategy of the Government of Flanders and Jamie Hepburn, Minister of Enterprise, Fair Employment and Professional Skills of Scotland. will talk about the employment policies of the Scottish Government.

Alessandro Olivi, Vice President and Minister for Economic and Labor Development of the Government of Trento will give a presentation on Trento's employment and social inclusion strategy; and Isabel Aguilera, strategy and innovation consultant and professor at ESADE and Deusto University, will analyze The future of employment policies. Borja Belandia, Managing Director of Lanbide, will detail the steps that the Basque Public Employment Service-Lanbide is taking to reform and update it.

On November 7, Pilar López, president of Microsoft Spain, will present "The future of employment in the digital economy"; Martin Linder President of the Swedish union Unionen will comment on the influence of artificial intelligence, robots and the future of employment in the service sector. Jordi Serrano specialist in information systems and people development and founding partner of Future for Work Institute, Juanjo Alvarez, professor of private international law of the UPV/EHU, and Saioa Arando of the Department of Social Economy, of Mondragon University, will debate on company, employment and participation.



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