ERIC Number: ED462582
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Mobility and Transparency of Vocational Qualifications: An Overview of Studies on the Tourism, Chemical and Healthcare Sectors in Europe. CEDEFOP Panorama.
Pettersson, Sten; Richards, Greg; Rolfe, Heather; Skar, Mariann
Three studies covering the tourism, chemical industry, and healthcare sectors in the European Union investigated patterns of cross-border mobility at the sector level. Special focus was on transparency of vocational qualifications and the relation between transparency and mobility. A serious lack of information on labor force mobility within Europe was found. Results indicated a low and stable mobility rate within the sectors studied, with the possible exception of the tourism industry. Highly qualified and relatively young males dominated the small group of European citizens crossing borders to work. The tourism sector included a group of young people willing to take low-skilled and low-paid jobs. Current information policies and practices in the European Union (EU) was too unsystematic to release the full potential of mobility. While the role of contact points and coordinators responsible for providing information on application of directives was important, their ability to react to direct questions from users was less developed. Actual contact with the coordinators was far more difficult than expected and highlighted the importance of upgrading information, especially Web sites. Discussion was growing at the sector level on the need for common European qualification standards and certificates. There were strong signals of a waking interest in increased transparency of vocational qualifications all over Europe. (Contains 24 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Allied Health Occupations Education, Chemical Industry, Developed Nations, Educational Certificates, Employment Opportunities, Employment Patterns, Employment Qualifications, Foreign Countries, Health Occupations, Higher Education, Information Dissemination, International Cooperation, Labor Force, Medical Education, Occupational Mobility, Postsecondary Education, Relocation, Secondary Education, Standards, Student Certification, Tourism, Vocational Adjustment, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, Thessaloniki (Greece).
Identifiers - Location: European Union