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ERIC Number: ED455377
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 72
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-92-896-0050-0
ISSN: ISSN-1562-6180
Mobility in the European Chemicals Industry Sector: The Role of Transparency and Recognition of Vocational Qualifications. CEDEFOP Panorama Series.
Rolfe, Heather
Research was conducted in Europe to determine the following: (1) the current situation in the chemicals industry in regard to transparency, recognition, and transfer of qualifications; (2) the obstacles to transparency and recognition of qualifications in the industry; and (3) the key areas for future action and possible measures to promote greater transparency and recognition of qualifications. The study identified current and needed patterns of mobility, European policy assisting mobility, and attitudes and practices of institutions and businesses. Data were gathered through an investigation of statistical evidence on cross-border mobility and a review of literature on mobility in the European Union (EU); an exploration of EU policy in the area of labor mobility and transparency and recognition of qualifications in the chemicals industry; and case studies on the attitudes and practices of 14 employers in the industry. The study found a small and fairly constant level of movement between member states, with mobility concentrated among professional and highly educated groups. In addition, there are no established qualification standards within the chemicals industry below the doctorate level. The companies believe that the lack of transferable qualifications is not a problem; instead, costs, language, and culture affect mobility. The study also found that although some initiatives have been started to promote cross-country mobility in the chemicals industry, they are still significant obstacles to people working in another member state and that further action may be necessary to promote labor mobility. (Contains 25 references.) (KC)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, Thessaloniki (Greece).
Identifiers - Location: European Union