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The first transnational meeting of the project UETPNET - University Enterprise Training Partnership Networking for upgrading skills using online tools is going to take place in Athens in the 13th and 14th of January 2011.

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Nowadays, the labour market is directing towards a skill-based approach for employment. This is also reflected to the "New Skills for New Jobs" initiative of the European Commission which underlines the need that the skills that the workers acquire should meet the needs of the job market. However, the way that the Universities and the enterprises are currently collaborating usually disregards the skills-based approach and remains at the old principle of using the entire qualifications, fact which poses a problem for many future employers in Europe which retain that they do not have reliable information about what a qualification degree stands for in practice (the facts come from the European wide research which was developed in the framework of the TUNING project 2003). The Universities have the instruments to pass to a skills and competence-based approach. The instruments were set by the Bologna process and is the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ACTAS). However, in most countries they are very reluctant to use them. The project aims to provide the universities and the enterprises with a web tool which will enable them to implement a skills-based approach in the cooperation between them. It will also provide useful insight to the Universities for the skills that are needed by the enterprises but are not offered by them and therefore it can lead to a reorganization of the curriculum in order to match better the needs of the market. This will also increase the chances of a student or graduate to accept a skills-based offer from an enterprise (for which it will be easier to recognize the skills of the candidate if a skills-based approach is used rather than a foreign qualification) abroad and will thus contribute to the increase the volume of professional mobility in Europe. The project is consistent with a number of European policies such as the Bologna process, the Sorbonne Declaration and the "New Skills for New Jobs" initiative.