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CEEMET conference “Shaping talents – new business prospects, competitiveness and improved employability through lifelong learning”

Organised by the Council of European Employers of the Metal, Engineering and Technology-based Industries (CEEMET) at the occasion of its 50th anniversary, this conference was mainly dedicated to the question of investing in education, training and lifelong learning in order to matching skills with labour market needs. It covered as well topics such as competence development responding to international competition and technology change, skills challenge caused by demographic shifts and opportunities for SMEs.

According to a CEEMET case-study presented during the event, the employers of this sector invest more and more in the training of their employees based on company exact skills needs. These tailor-made competence development initiatives respond to the necessity to update, upgrade and build new skills, knowledge and competence that employees are missing, but that are required to remain worldwide competitive. Indeed, the skills that an individual has when he or she enters the labour market today are often not enough to meet the varying needs of companies over a longer period of time.