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ERIC Number: ED464249
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
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For Education and Training Policies Which Foster Competitiveness and Employment: UNICE's Seven Priorities = Pour les Politiques d'Education et de Formation au Service de la Competitivite et de l'Emploi: Les Sept Priorites de l'UNICE.
Union of Industrial and Employers' Confederations of Europe, Brussels (Belgium).
Qualifications and skills are of fundamental economic and social importance. In a context marked by increased globalization of economies and technological development, European companies are faced with far-reaching changes. Because companies need a highly skilled, competent, and adaptable workforce, there is a need to develop strategies for lifelong learning supported by labor market reforms to achieve the goals of stable economic growth and higher employment. Companies operate in a changing environment. Availability of a highly skilled workforce is key to Europe's competitiveness, but the European Union's (EU's) record in this area is poorer than its main trading partners. Education and training systems must be improved to meet challenges posed by technological change and globalization. In implementing strategies for lifelong learning in all parts of society, emphasis must be placed on promoting coherent links between learning and work and on defining the roles and responsibilities of all parties involved. The EU should aim to strengthen cooperation between member states through exchange of experience and best practice, with full participation of the social partners, rather than seeking to harmonize national education and training systems. A key role is also for the EU to increase transparency of qualifications. (YLB)
Union of Industrial and Employers' Confederations of Europe, Rue Joseph II, 40/4, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium. Tel: 32-2-237-65-11; Fax: 32-2-231-14-45; e-mail:; Web site: For full text: m.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: EnglishFrench
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Authoring Institution: Union of Industrial and Employers' Confederations of Europe, Brussels (Belgium).
Identifiers - Location: European Union