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WMF 2019: Ten Key Recommendations

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WMF2019 has brought up different topics useful to the manufacturing sector. The conclusion of the Forum leaves us with ten interesting Recommendations.

These inputs aim at working towards creating an educated and skilled manufacturing workforce now and in the future.

Here the first five Key Recommendations:

1. Create a manufacturing market with a life – long learning mind – set: it aims at creating a workforce that proactively seeks out life – long learning opportunities. On the other hand it is important that companies create personal and professional incentives for workers to engage in training and that empower by letting them participate in training design. 

2. Increase investment in workforce education to reach the full potential of new technologies: education and traning of workers should be a priority for companies and tehy should provide a type of skills insurance for employees. 

3. Enact policies to promote manufacturin workforce education and training: a key role is played by the policymakers that should incentivise training through tax incentives, subsidies and individual credits and ensuring the continuity of programmes. 

4. Excite people to pursue careers in manufacturing:  the manufacturing sector should be promoted as a fast- moving and dynamic sector. It should reach out to young people through engaging activities. As well, educate teachers and parents on the value of manufacturing related careers. 

5. Develop new profiles with technical expertise complemented by generalist Know – How: the manufacturing sector should promote the importance of having both technical and generalist skills recognizing, indeed, that technical experties can become obsolete and need to be updated. To pursue these goals it is important to engage with technology to expand generalist Know- How.

6. Use Digital Technologies to Innovate Delivery of Education and Training: meaning the use of collaborative platforms to share knowledge and best practices. It is important to start use technology to help overcome physical, cognitive, and other barriers to learning; using tools that make learning possible anytime and anywhere. 

7. Support Social Mobility through Manufacturing: engage the manufacturing talent pool by engaging underrepresented populations. To do this is fundamental to provide equitable access to education for all and champion equal and non-discriminatory job practices.

8. Ensure that relevant skills are being taught: there is a need for collaboration between industry and schools: – involve industry in updating curricula in schools; – support real world experiences for students; – ensure teachers and instructors are up to date with industry developments. 

9. Elevate the value of Vocational Technical Education and training pathways: balancing formal education with vocational technical education, so encourage cooperation between the two providers. Later on it is important to increase the quality of vocational technical training related jobs.

10. Foster collaboration to address skills development needs: underline the cooperation on industry-wide skills initiatives, share knwoledge and best practices on workforce education.