Qualifications in a Learning Society.Report as inadecuate

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It is necessary to raise the standards of the education and training response and to demonstrate that European cooperation in education and training can give practical added value to help individuals both to learn and to use their knowledge and experience as part of their personal and professional development wherever they may be in the Economic Community. Of greatest strategic importance is lifelong learning to the individual and to society as a whole; it is urgent that a lifelong learning system be developed in a Europe-wide context. At present, the European education and training systems are not providing large numbers of young people the minimum competencies and qualifications needed to enable them to get into the labor force. The training systems are not fast enough in their response to new skills needs resulting from technological change and sharpening economic competition; social policies tend to remain in a passive "income maintenance" posture that leads to long-term unemployment and dependence on state support. The more positive results of the ad hoc training measures attempted in the 1970s and 1980s must now be incorporated into an organized postcompulsory education and training system. Qualifications derived from education will be increasingly necessary, and more efforts are needed to attract women and girls to enter higher-paid occupations that require longer and higher levels of training. In addition, there needs to be a marked shift of emphasis throughout Europe to put a new high premium on continuing education and training for the adult work force, with a new commitment to providing recurrent opportunities, flexibility, varied access, and mobility. Lifelong education is needed, with flexibility for different types of education at different life stages. (KC)

Descriptors: Adult Education, Continuing Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Employment Problems, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Job Training, Lifelong Learning, Postsecondary Education, Unemployment, Womens Education

Author: Jones, Hywel Ceri

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=7210&id=ED357159

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