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Dynamic economic development requires a certain balance between employer investment in technologies and in human resources development (HRD). There are several major forces that drive employer investment in training. First among these is market competition for greater productivity and lower production costs. Second is the growing pressure from employees and unions seeking higher wages as well as mobility in the labour market through ongoing upgrading of their skills. In addition, there is an increasing awareness by employees and unions of greater equity in both their access to continuing training and the sharing of enterprise training investment. Thirdly, in certain countries strong employer commitment to the lifelong learning of employees has emerged (cf. V.Gasskov, Vocational training 13/1998)

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