Digitalisation is changing what affords people stability, security and a future – in other words training, occupation and work. However, it is not just the world of work which is undergoing rapid change; vocational learning must also keep pace with digital innovations. New occupations are emerging and existing job descriptions must be updated and adapted for the digital age. What does all this mean in terms of qualifications for specialist staff? High-ranking representatives from policy-making, business and academia will discuss this at our 2018 BIBB Congress on 7 June in Berlin. The following snapshots of the podium participants provide a foretaste of what is to be an exciting discussion.