The change of skills in manufacturing is not a singular challenge, but it diverges by industry and sector. Starting conditions, investments in technology adoption, skills availability and adaptability of the workforce, make different industries have different needs and approaches to future skills. However, a shared concern will be the retraining of workers, from roles that will be declining into those with a positive outlook. As the focus shifts to skills development, workers like new technologies will also continue to evolve, and the workplace will shift to a more healthy and human centric manufacturing.
The session aims to discuss and present the peculiarities of future skills in different manufacturing industries. What skills are needed for the transformation of the different manufacturing industries? How a globalised education should evolve to support the lifelong learning of workers not only in the schools (high schools, colleges and universities)?
One of the main discussion is related to the role of education and training providers in preparing the future manufacturing workforce and the responsibility of companies in retraining and “upskilling” existing workers. What is the role of apprenticeships and technical vocational education and how do they supplement formal education?
Moderator: Andrew Spannaus - Chairman, Milan Foreign Press Association
Rhonda Barnet - President & Chief Operating Officer, AVIT Manufacturing
Giovanni Brugnoli - Vice president for Human Capital, Confindustria
Lourino Chemane - Advisor, Minister of Science and Technology, Higher and Technic Professional Education of Mozambique
Jun Ni - Professor and Director, University of Michigan
Leo Reddy - Chair, President and Founder, Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)