The Global Media and Entertainment Talent Manifesto, an organisation working to address the skills shortage across the media technology sector, announced the launch of the inaugural World Skills Café event, taking place at IBC2024 in September.

The World Skills Café is described as the media and entertainment industry’s first global flagship event for skills, diversity, and education. It aims to bring together international industry representatives to work collaboratively and collectively to address critical talent and social issues that impact media and technology companies across the globe.


Carrie Wootten, The Global Media and Entertainment Talent Manifesto

Carrie Wootten, co-founder of the Global Media and Entertainment Talent Manifesto, said: “We see it as vitally important to launch this new flagship event, with the aim of examining the current skills shortages and really understanding which roles the skills gap is hitting and who is being underrepresented in the media technology sector. The World Skills Café will address how we are going to work collectively to address these shortages and ensure diversity is embedded within these roles and the wider industry. Critically, we are also going to examine what the skills of the future are and how we can work together to educate and train the workforce of tomorrow.”

Jo Mayer, head of marketing at IBC, added: “The World Skills Café is an ideal fit for IBC2024. Its aims dovetail perfectly with our own efforts to promote engagement and conversation on these issues through the people and purpose pillar of the IBC content programme. Helping the media, entertainment and technology industry continue to find and foster the next generation of talent while enabling greater diversity and inclusion is central to the positive workplace change the IBC community is addressing across the show.”

The World Skills Café will run from 2pm – 5pm on 12 September at RAI Amsterdam, with networking drinks to follow. Register to attend at IBC2024 here.