This Wilton Park dialogue, to be held in Vietnam, is the third in a series focused on skills development in ASEAN, with previous meetings in Kuala Lumpur in 2016, and Bangkok in March 2018. A virtual conference in November 2020 examined the effects of the Covid 19 Pandemic on education and skills around the world.
This conference forms part of the UK’s Plan of Action following the approval of our application for Dialogue Partnership with ASEAN. At the South-East Asian Ministers of Education Organisations (SEAMEO) Ministerial conference on TVET in Brunei in September 2019, Ministers adopted a resolution to actively participate in the next Wilton Park Skills and Education Dialogue.
This dialogue will explore how countries face the question of ensuring sufficient skilled workers are available for the net zero world. There will be a particular focus on how economies can grow the right number of students with, for instance, green engineering skills, data analysis skills, AI skills, without wasting effort or duplicating unnecessarily. Within this we will discuss the role of government in ensuring opportunity for all in these new jobs. We will also explore how those responsible for skills policy and its implementation can maximise the impact that the UN Sustainably Development Goals afford. It will bring together experienced leaders from Government, Employers and Education Providers to look at the key skilling issues:
- Enabling Mobility: upskilling and reskilling
- Driving innovation through education and workplace partnerships.
- Integrating hard to reach groups for the benefit of wider society
- Meeting the demand for Future Facing Skills
- Recognition of lifelong learning and employability
- Creating sustainability through high quality skills education
Through the Wilton Park style for off-the-record round-table discussions it will offer Ministers from ASEAN countries, senior business leaders and educators a safe space to share their views.