ERIC Number: ED467899
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Global Mobility of Workers. Trends and Issues Alert.
Brown, Bettina Lankard
Changes in the world economy such as globalization, free trade in services, and unequal demand for some occupations have resulted in increased cross-national movement of workers and emphasized the need for easily transferable or international qualifications. Leading the effort to address the issue of transferable qualifications is the European Union (EU), which introduced a community vocational training policy to support the free movement of workers across borders and to facilitate the acquisition of skills for transnational employment. The international movement of workers has implications for corporate and national training systems that prepare individuals with qualifications that ensure their employability. The rapid turnover in technology requires continual updating of technical skills and emphasis on skills of adaptability, unlearning old things, and learning new ones. These skills are difficult to teach in a normal classroom situation and require a new pedagogical approach. These are obstacles to mobility that cannot be resolved through renewed education and training practices: the potential for unemployed citizens to lose the right to unemployment benefits and social security if they move across borders; difficulty with obtaining housing in the host country; and cultural barriers. (An annotated bibliography lists 16 resources.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Career Education, Employment Opportunities, Employment Potential, Employment Qualifications, Foreign Countries, Global Approach, International Cooperation, International Trade, Job Skills, Labor Supply, Labor Turnover, Migrants, Migration, Occupational Mobility, Overseas Employment, Relocation, Skill Development, Transfer of Training, Unemployment
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.
Identifiers - Location: European Union