Education and employment working groups discuss skills for life and work

Officials from G20 member and guest countries are laying the groundwork for the joint ministerial meeting on Thursday.

The Second Joint Meeting of the Education and Employment Working Groups started this morning in the city of Mendoza, in the west of Argentina. Actions to tackle the future of work, one of the priorities of the Argentine G20 presidency, are high on the agenda. The meeting will lay the groundwork for the joint ministerial meeting on Thursday.

Officials from G20 member and guest countries are working to identify the skills required to promote better integration into our future society and future world of employment, and help people develop skills for life. The challenge implies reflecting on cognitive, non-cognitive and digital skills, and promoting them by means of innovative, evidence-based and inclusive educational policies, with a special emphasis on vulnerable populations.

In this context, building and promoting closely related education and employment policies is necessary to unite both these spheres. This stronger relationship can result in more and improved access to work if policies to increase skill sets based on the demands of businesses are deployed in different sectors.

The joint meeting, held at the InterContinental Mendoza Hotel, is part of an eventful agenda of activities in Mendoza this week, with other meetings taking place between ministers and at working group level, and meetings of the G20 engagement groups L20 (Labour 20) and B20 (Business 20).