Sessions will focus on the theme of ‘Future Skills for Workplace Sustainability: Preparing for Transition’.

Technology and Innovation have already brought many changes to the job marketplace, leading to a disruption of the skills that are needed. Not only is this happening now, but it is happening rapidly, and it is continuing to evolve on a near daily basis with the introduction of robotic automation, technical innovations and digitalization set to cost millions of jobs worldwide. The International Youth Summer School in Iceland will help to prepare young adults for the changes that are pending now and likely in the future. We will learn and analyze the most influential trends in the development of the different areas in global society and what the outline of skills, education and training for sustainable future global development will be. We will study how to avoid becoming an obsolete figure in an ever-developing world and explore new ways to ensure that the role of young adults as working professionals remains sustainable.

Program Overview & Educational Methods

The program will consist of a full, four-day educational program with informal methods for 60 young participants between 18-35 years old, with up to 30 Icelandic and 30 international young people from across the globe. Two days will be reserved for theoretical sessions, one day for cultural exchange and one day for study visits to local innovative enterprises. There will also be various informal networking activities.

Over the course of the first two days of the program, participants will take part in a series of sessions including workshops, panel discussions and master classes led by a combination of internationally recognized speakers from the Youth Time Expert Guild pool along with a collection of local experts. Sessions will deviate from the traditional lecture setting and instead will be engaging, with easy-going interaction between participants and speakers. Case studies and workshops will look at real life examples of what they can strive to not only achieve but replicate and even improve upon.
All sessions will be required to feature an active Q&A session in order to share local and international engagement, the exchange of ideas, and the establishment of connections between nations and generations. Panel discussions will look to explore ideas, trending topics and prevalent issues in a less-structured, more open, and interactive dialogue to promote relativity and organic ways of thinking resulting in a more positive engagement for all that attend.

On the fourth day, a more practical approach will be taken with participants getting a chance to experience in real time examples of future skills that are in action today and hear from enterprises that will be leading the evolution of workplace demand and educational development. Whilst educating participants in a theoretical setting can be informative, promoting positive exchanges of ideas and helping to establish new connections, being able to physically see projects moving towards sustainability can lead to inspiration.

As a result of the event, we will create a "Road Map of Future Skills 2030" based on the findings from the event and the expectations of youth and the knowledge of the expert speakers at the event.

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