Symposium 2018 announcement

In November 2018, the Centre for Work-based Learning will host its annual international symposium.


Now in its 5th year, the symposium series was created by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) with the aim of influencing the thinking around work-based learning in Scotland.

Last year's international symposium brought together over 100 national and international thought leaders, directors and senior managers to discuss the future of the world of work and to consider what that means for employees and businesses.


You can read more about last year’s event in our Symposium 2017: summary or watch our short highlights video to find out the key takeaways from 2017.


Skills 4.0 recognises that the world of work is changing and to thrive in this new and fast-paced environment, businesses need resilient employees equipped with the right skills and knowledge.

This year’s symposium will build upon the outcomes from last year and ask, "How do we best equip people with these skills?" Embedding these skills within work-based learning programmes is an ideal way to develop them.

The event will bring together experts from the worlds of business, policy making and education to:

  • look at how we develop these skills for the future in ourselves and our people
  • discuss how we promote inclusive and sustainable growth in Scotland’s economy
  • consider how Scotland’s skills system can best respond
  • network on a national and international scale

The programme will feature presentations, discussion and debate, and there will be an interactive live-stream which will allow viewers to engage with the speakers and submit questions throughout.

For regular updates leading up to the symposium, including information about who will be speaking at the event, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn, and check out the event landing page.

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