Building Labor Market Policies Resilient to Technological Change: Panel Discussion on Regional Examples across Europe

Ave Ungro, Pirita Ihamaki, Séin Ó Muineacháin, Rafael de Hoyos, Stefaan Verhulst

Automation technology (AT) will fundamentally change many established industries, with their labor bearing the brunt of this change. Regions that are able to establish a framework to manage the upcoming challenges will have significant advantages and enhance their competitiveness vis-à-vis inactive ones. Regions need to prepare for the impending demand for new labor skills by anticipating the changes and nimbly adapting to the introduction of disruptive technologies. During this session we will present some examples of pertinent regional-level initiatives.

Tools for Labour Market Policy Makers to Predict the Forthcoming Technological Changes: The Case of Estonia
Ave Ungro (Program Coordinator at Estonian Qualifications Authority (SA Kutsekoda))

Increasing the Resiliency of the Local Economy in the Face of Economic Downturns and Automation
Pirita Ihamaki (International Business Development Manager, Robocoast Digital Innovation Hub – DIH)

Insights from LinkedIn's Economic Graph in Informing Policy-Making
Séin Ó Muineacháin (Economic Graph Research and Insights at LinkedIn, Dublin)

The Role of VETs in Building Skills and Labour Markets that Are Resilient to Technological Change
Rafael de Hoyos (Program Leader Human Development – EU, World Bank

Stefaan Verhulst (Co-founder of the Governance Laboratory, The GovLab, at New York University and Member of the Pillars Expert Stakeholder Group)