Training expert: old EU states should learn from new members

first_imgDutchman Peter de Rooij says current member states would do well to follow the example of accession states, which he says have made impressive efforts to prepare young people to join the workforce.De Rooij, director of the Turin-based EU agency since its launch in 1995, called on the EU to invest more in lifelong learning and training.“There should be a collective awareness of the need to invest in that most precious commodity – human beings,” he said. “Governments and individual companies simply have to provide more facilities for people who lack the right education and skills to continue to be active in the labour market.” De Rooij also says any future increase in EU employment opportunities is likely to be centred on new member states rather than current ones.“Although unemployment is still high in many of the new member states, economic growth and public investment in education have been considerably higher than in the countries of the current EU.“With the last trade barriers coming down from 1 May, foreign direct investment in the region will go up further,” he says.ETF figures show a high level of preparation of the future workforce in the field of education in central and eastern European countries. In 2002, the percentage of people aged 22 who had successfully completed at least upper secondary education was higher in the acceding countries – 90.1% – than in the EU-15 (75.4%).In the same year, the share of the population aged 18-24 that had left EU education systems with only lower secondary education was 18.5% compared with 8.4% in the acceding countries. “The perception that the current working population of new member states is static, with little effort put into re-training people with redundant skills, is wrong,” says de Rooij. “All these countries have made impressive efforts to prepare education and training systems and their labour markets for EU membership.”Public expenditure on education as a percentage of gross domestic product in 2000 was 4.94% in the EU and 4.86% in the 12 acceding countries. But when Bulgaria and Romania, who are not joining until 2007, are excluded, the figure is higher in accession states.However, he says new states may soon experience a brain-drain with the migration of single, well-educated young people to current, richer member states.“This would put extra pressure on the acceding countries to increase further investment in human resources development,” he says.De Rooij will step down as director of the ETF at the end of June and will be replaced by Scot Muriel Dunbar. The agency has a 120-strong workforce and an annual budget of some €18 [email protected]last_img read more

Damon Daunno, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Ali Stroker & the Cast of Oklahoma! Prep for Broadway Bow

first_imgOklahoma! star Rebecca Naomi Jones and director Daniel Fish snap a photo. Oklahoma!’s Damon Daunno performs “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'” for the crowd. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 19, 2020 Damon Daunno Rebecca Naomi Jones Related Shows Ali Stroker Oklahoma! standout Ali Stoker flashes a smile. View Comments Oklahoma! The company of Oklahoma! is gearing up for the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic to return to Broadway in a whole new way. Director Daniel Fish’s intimate reimagining of the musical drummed up a great deal of buzz in Brooklyn at St. Ann’s Warehouse last year. On February 19, stars Damon Daunno, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Ali Stroker, Mary Testa and the entire company began rehearsals for the Broadway bow and gathered together at Bob’s Steak and Chop House—fun fact: the New York spot where Rodgers and Hammerstein first collaborated on Oklahoma!—to sip cocktails, meet the press and offer a taste of the show’s musical intimacy with a performance of “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'” from Daunno. Peek the pics, and then go see this innovative production for yourself at the Circle in the Square Theatre beginning on March 19. Mary Testa Star Files Patrick Vaill View All (5)last_img read more

Edwards opens new headquarters

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Panalpina takes a stake in Carelog

first_imgAccording to Panalpina, the two companies complement each other ideally in terms of geography, product strengths and customer mix. While Carelog is strong in ocean freight, Panalpina is traditionally strong in airfreight. The merged company will employ approximately 70 people across six locations in all regions of Denmark.”We want to increase our market share in Denmark,” says Stefan Karlen, Panalpina’s ceo.Volker Boehringer, regional ceo Europe at Panalpina, added: “Panalpina and Carelog together create a respectable mid-sized freight forwarding and logistics company in Denmark and provide a solid foundation for further growth.”According to Panalpina the acquisition is in line with its global growth strategy.Panalpina will also acquire the Kenya-based company, Air Connection, a forwarder specialised in the export of flowers and vegetables. The companies reached an agreement on May 2, 2017, two weeks after Panalpina formally announced the launch of its global perishables network www.panalpina.comwww.carelog.dkwww.airconnectionltd.comlast_img read more