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Three voices: How to future-proof our skills?

by Markus Palmén
Language: EN
Document available also in: EL FI HU DE

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Workplace skills


Three experts from the sectors of foresight, student representation and industry discuss the future of lifelong learning and workplace skills.


What kind of learning and skills will we need in workplaces of the future?

Are European higher education institutions equipping students with these skills?

And what do the private sector and industry consider their biggest challenges concerning the skills of their employees?

Markus Palmén met with three experts representing foresight, the student voice and industry, respectively, to shed light on these questions. The interviews took place in September 2019 at the HEL We Can event in Helsinki, Finland. HEL We Can was organised as a side event of the Finnish EU Presidency and brought together different sectors to discuss future skills.


Graham Brown-Martin: It’s not about the degrees!

Graham Brown-Martin is an expert in education and foresight, with a background also in the entertainment and startup worlds. 


Gohar Hovhannisyan: Listen to the students!

Gohar Hovhannisyan is Vice President of the European Students´ Union, representing over 20 million higher education students.


Timo Leskinen: We need diverse learning!

Timo Leskinen is Senior Vice President (Human Resources) at the global crane and lifting equipment company Konecranes.

Markus Palmen is a journalist, writer and audiovisual producer, and a freelancer. Since August 2017 he has been EPALE's Thematic Coordinator for Policy. For eight years Markus was the Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief for the European Lifelong Learning Magazine.

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