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Day 2 - 20 June 2019

Member States and EU policies need to develop and adapt their programmes and incentives to better anticipate and cope with change and allow individuals and organisations to acquire high-tech skills and provide the economy with a larger talent pool. Education and training systems in Europe need also to react on these new demands and develop appropriate training offers.

The situation at national level and EU level has been analysed as well as the potential synergies between the different instruments with a view to identify successful ones, i.e. best practices. These should be scaled up to become even more successful. They should also serve as a guide for better focusing and improving funding programmes and incentives.

These should be scaled to become even more successful. They should also serve as a guide for better focusing and improving funding programmes and incentives.




Moderator of the day:

Mary Cleary, Deputy CEO, ICS Irish Computer Society & ICS Foundation (Ireland)


Registration, Coffee & Tea


Industrial policy and the role of skills

Timo Pesonen, European Commission, Director General, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs


Re-skilling and up-skilling strategies in Europe

Jan Sturesson, International strategy consultant, speaker & investor, RESTING (Sweden)  


Existing re-skilling and up-skilling funding programmes

Marte Andresen, Senior Consultant, PwC (Netherlands) 

Tobias Hüsing, Senior Research Consultant, empirica GmbH (Germany) 




Learning from Best Practices: views of experts

  • Olle Vogel, Knowledge Foundation, Expertkompetens, (Sweden) 
  • Ronald Kleijn, Project Manager, University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam,  Make IT Work (Netherlands) 
  • Sebastian-Tim Schmitz-Hertzberg, Project Manager, go-digital, EuroNorm (Germany) 
  • Olivier Crouzet, Director of Pedagogy, École 42 (France) 
  • Ville Kairamo, CEO, Innovation ecosystem combining the talent of students with company R&D activities and university research, (Finland) 
  • Carlos Bertrán Sundheim, Chief Executive Officer, Fundación Generation (Spain)

Session moderator:

Mary Cleary, Deputy CEO, ICS & ICS Foundation (Ireland)


Expectations for the future and recommendations  

Werner B. Korte, Director, empirica GmbH


 Buffet LUNCH


Skills for Industry: Perspectives  in the multi-financial framework (2021-2027)

Proposals from the European Commission

  • Manuela Geleng, European Commission, DG EMPL
  • Slawomir Tokarski, European Commission, DG GROW
  • Rudolf Niessler, European Commission, DG REGIO << tbc >>
  • Gerard de Graaf, European Commission, DG CNECT << tbc >>
  • Peter Droell, European Commission, DG RTD  << tbc >>




The role and contribution of IT industry training

Kevin Kelly, Global Head of AWS Certification and Education Programs (USA)


The Way Forward: views of the experts

  • Anders Flodstrom, EIT Digital: Education Director (Sweden)
  • Malin Rosqvist, Senior project manager, Research Institute of Sweden RISE ICT/SICS Västerås (Sweden) 
  • Luis Colunga, Deputy General Secretary, industriALL European Trade Union (Belgium)
  • Wytse Wouda, Ministry of Economics and Climate, Project Manager Techniekpact  (Netherlands) 
  • Brendan McGinty, Chairman, Skillnet (Ireland) 
  • Luc Hendrickx, Director Enterprise Policy and External Relations, SMEunited (Belgium)

Session moderator:

Debbie Forster, MBE, CEO, Tech Talent Charter (United Kingdom)


Concluding Remarks

Mary Cleary, Moderator, Deputy CEO, ICS & ICS Foundation


Networking Cocktail




Contact in case of problems and questions

Werner B. Korte: werner.korte@empirica(dot)com,

Tel.: +49 228 98530-0