Forum 2019: 15th edition

10-11 December 2019 Antwerp, Belgium

The 2019 Forum will bring together hundreds of local development practitioners, entrepreneurs and social innovators to share good practices about how employment and skills programmes are meeting employer demand (especially SMEs), what’s being done to help people and places catch-up, and how social innovation can be leveraged to create an inclusive local economy. Registration will open in September.

"Right Skills, Right Jobs, Right Places"

Unemployment across the OECD sits at 5.3% - the lowest rate in the last 20 years. The future prosperity of regions and cities will depend not only on equipping the existing workforce with the right skills, but also on successfully engaging disadvantaged groups so that they are fully contributing to local labour markets.

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Forum 2018 Highlights

We want to hear from you!

In the run up to the Forum, we are looking for examples of employment, skills, social innovation, culture/creative industries and entrepreneurship programmes to be featured in OECD work highlighting international good practices. You could also have a chance to present your story in Antwerp on 10-11 December 2019.


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