Why is the topic important?

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.

What will I learn during the discussions?

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.
What will the program be like?

The program will consist of a full, four-day educational program with informal methods for 40 young participants between 18-35 years old, with Icelandic and 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.

Engaging discussions

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 masterclasses 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.

An interactive style

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.

A practical opportunity to develop future-skills

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.
What will I take from this experience?

The main goal of the Youth International Summer School 2020 is to prepare young participants for the process of acquiring future skills. The sessions will help young participants to arrive at an understanding of the workings of the transformative global professional society. We will analyze current trends in various spheres and try to predict possible market changes to minimize youth unemployment.

We will also explore the possible future necessary skills and knowledge in order to maintain the role of young professionals as sustainable and competitive participants in tomorrow's job market. At the same time we will create a space for the attendees to work towards an international professional network and involvement in global development.
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