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All European countries may be said to be experiencing both a rise in the level of general education among the population, resulting in a labour supply that has an increasing level of qualifications, and economic and technological changes which urgently require new skills. These educational and economic developments would appear to go hand in hand, but there is no clear link between them: the spread of new generations of employees who are better educated, or have at least spent longer in education, very probably influences productivity, capacity for innovation and hence the technological development of European economies. In turn, technological advances and increasing competition at the world level require developed countries that wish to remain so to have a labour supply that is increasingly skilled, competent, flexible and highly adaptable. This complex state of affairs suggests that there is a close interaction between changes in the supply of education and training, and changes in the demand for new skills. Also, therefore, between the production of qualifications by education and training systems, and the demand for skilled labour among employers. But what is this interaction, and above all, can it be anticipated? If so, what information is required?

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