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ETF promotes social partnership at Frankfurt Book Fair

Year/Date: 13/10/2011

Frankfurt Book Fair

Social partnership is key to developing qualifications and education worldwide, and the ETF Yearbook 2011 on Social partnership in Vocational Education and Training is part of the EU catalogue at the international Frankfurt Book Fair from 12 to 16 October 2011 (stand G425 in Hall 4.2).

“The Frankfurt Book Fair is the ideal location for the presentation of this flagship publication”, said Bent Sørensen, Head of ETF Communication.

The Frankfurt fair is the most important marketplace for books and knowledge-sharing worldwide. According to Sorensen, in Frankfurt ETF can meet a large international audience interested in education and schools. The Frankfurt Book Fair gathers some 300.000 visitors and over 10.000 journalists.

The ETF Yearbook 2011 is the sixth issue in the Yearbook series and the Yearbook emphazises social partnership as one of the most important governance issues in vocational education and training (VET). Representing the world of work, employers and trade unions hold the key to keeping education, training and qualifications relevant.
For companies to remain competitive in the global market and individuals to remain competitive on the labour market, both are extremely dependent on the applicability of skills and competences imparted through education and training. They have a sharper focus and are more closely in touch with changing realities on the shop floor than any civil servant can ever be. Social partnership has been a prime topic for the ETF since it was set up in the mid 1990s and although much progress has been made on developing social partnership in many partner countries, the scope for improvement in others remains considerable.‘
"If you want to get your qualifications right, you need to listen to the voice from the world of work and this creates demands on the education system,"  says Søren Nielsen, an ETF expert and the editor of the ETF Yearbook 2011.

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