The information deficit about future skill needs in Europe has been observed for a long time. Cedefop and other European organisations have been repeatedly approached with requests for information on this issue. With the free movement of labour much hope is given to increased mobility across European countries helping to reduce unemployment. The European labour market becomes a reality on the EU policy agenda. However and at the same time, occupations,skills, competences and qualifications, which will be in demand in the future European labour market, are not identified. The Integrated guidelines for growth and jobs for 2005-2008 explicitly mention a better identification of occupational needs and anticipation of future skill requirements as keys to adapt education and training systems to new skills and competence requirements. Finding ways to obtain information on future skill needs in Europe or even a joint European action - becomes a priority.
20/10/2005 to 21/10/2005
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