2009 Education & Training for a competitive industry - Moving beyond rhetoric

A better match between skills and labour market needs is essential for European industrial competitiveness, in order to provide companies with the skills they need. For the European Metal, Engineering and Technology-based (MET) industry there is no time to spare. Rhetoric has to become reality.

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Only through enhanced cooperation between national authorities, education institutions and social partners will more effective education and training policies be outlined and implemented. Only through a strengthened relationship between schools, universities, training centres and companies can the demands and realities of the labour market be brought closer to education and training. And only through continuous learning and training will employability and competitiveness be optimised.

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