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Portability of qualifications: an answer to the qualificational demands of globalisation?

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The article introduces the concept of the "portability of qualifications" as a framework for discussing the consequences of globalisation for labour markets and for the systems and agencies of initial and continuous vocational education and training. It defines the concept in relation to terms such as "mobility", "flexibility", "core skills" and "key qualifications". It provides examples from industry and from the craft trades in Europe. It discusses the role of "portability of qualifications" in developing regions through inward investment and the benefits and risks of "portability of qualifications" from the perspective of the company, the individual worker and labour markets of Europe. Finally, it looks at pathways to foster and maintain the portability of qualifications in vocational education and training.
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Keywords: Europe; Flexibility; Globalization; Qualifications; Vocational training

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 1998

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