Senior education and employment officials to address the future of work

After two days of separate discussions, the two working groups are meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, to find ways to prevent technological change from leading to labour exclusion.

The Education and Employment Working Groups are meeting tomorrow in Geneva, Switzerland, to address the future of work, one of the three priorities of the Argentine G20.

This type of joint meeting is the first of its kind in the history of the G20. It takes places after two days of separate discussions in each working group and will lay the groundwork for the joint G20 Meeting of Ministers of Education and Employment this September. The delegates are officials from member and guest countries, and representatives from international organizations. They will look into trends, challenges and opportunities for developing more efficient and relevant skills systems for life and work, to face current technological changes.

“We had a very fruitful and intense working meeting in the Employment Working Group, and now we hope - together with Education – to address the transition from education systems to the world of work,” explained Esteban Eseverri, chair of the Employment Working Group.

“Given the need to develop policies for the skills and expertise required for the future of work, it is very important that we collaborate between ministries,” added Mercedes Miguel, chair of the Education Working Group.

Consistent with the vision of Argentina’s G20 presidency, the goal is to guarantee that technological change does not lead to exclusion from the workplace, social disintegration or adverse reactions. Additionally, developing coordinated policies will help avoid wider gaps and inequality in the adoption of technologies among and within countries.

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 themselves, are deployed in different sectors.

The meeting’s agenda includes sessions on skills for life and work, and on inclusion, as well as presentations by UNESCO, the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the B20, L20, W20 and Y20 engagement groups.