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Transforming skills systems for Industry 5.0

WorldSkills Ireland Conference 2023

26 September 2023

Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin, Ireland

08:30 – 13:00 (GMT+1)

Transforming skills systems for Industry 5.0

The current phase of industrialisation is seeing humans work alongside advanced technology such as automation, robotics, virtualization or AI. While Industry 4.0 is still a relatively new concept, societal needs derived from the digital and green transition have pushed researchers and international bodies such as the European Commission to shift the discussion towards Industry 5.0. It reflects current changes in industry focus, from economic value to societal value, and from welfare to wellbeing.

The half-day conference looked into the modernization of apprenticeships as to support Industry 5.0, and how to adapt them to reflect labour market transformations, societal changes, ensuring quality, or supporting mobility. The event also included the live pitch final of BeChangeMaker 2023, where young social entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas in the culmination of the popular online training programme powered by WorldSkills and the HP Foundation.



Welcome coffee


Conference Opening
Transforming TVET for Industry 5.0

Introduction and welcome messages

  • Chris Humphries, President and Chair of the Board, WorldSkills International
  • Michael Gillespie, General Secretary, Teachers Union of Ireland


Session 1
The national project to transform the apprenticeship system in Ireland: Reflections on the work in progress

In only four years, Ireland has rolled out a new TVET system that incorporates apprenticeships across all levels of education. During this session, the panellists will analyse the key elements of the strategy that can sustain a just transition.

  • Keynote by Dr Mary-Liz Trant, Executive Director, National Apprenticeship Office
  • Megan Yeates, WorldSkills Champion, Ireland, Gold Medal Winner Freight Forwarding at WorldSkills Kazan 2019
  • Vivienne Keenan, Vice President, Teachers Union Ireland
  • Amanda Fennell, Director of EMEA Marketing, Autodesk Europe, Ireland


Coffee break


Session 2
Apprenticeships in the transformative agenda

What role will apprenticeship play in a world where artificial intelligence is doing the work? This session will explore how to solve the skills and jobs mismatch at the global level and look at the role of youth in shaping apprenticeship models.

  • Keynote by Dr Nader Imani, Executive VP Global Education, Festo
  • Shweta Ratanpura, WorldSkills Champions Trust, Graphic Design Technology, India
  • Priscilla Gatonye, Programme Officer, Inclusion and Youth, UNESCO-UNEVOC
  • Luis Benveniste, Global Director, Education, World Bank


Session 3
BeChangeMaker 2023 – Live pitch finale

The finalists in BeChangeMaker 2023 – the popular social entrepreneurship programme powered by WorldSkills and the HP Foundation – will pitch their business ideas in front of the live audience and judges.

Closing remarks

  • Neale Richmond, Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment


Global Café – Lunch

  • Engagement opportunities with Irish FE/VET and HE Institutions
  • Engagement/Erasmus opportunities with WorldSkills International members




Attendees of the WorldSkills General Assembly were automatically registered for the Conference.

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Since 2007 the WorldSkills Conference has brought together industry leaders, policy-makers, education and training providers, researchers, and changemakers with young skilled professionals to share best practice and learn about global trends and issues found in Vocational Education and Training (VET), skills demand, skills of the future as well as skills excellence and development. The Conference is open to international and national stakeholders who are advancing skills development in their communities.

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