Full text: Beschäftigungspolitik (72)

tually be utilized. Initiatives are to be taken to guarantee the possibility of fur-
ther training through subsidies to either trainees or the training institutions.
The range of training courses is to be described clearly and should be easily
understandable for the prospective participants.
In adynamie economic environment, each kind of "Iearning on stock" prior
to pursuing againful employment can only be of limited use. It must, there-
fore, be guaranteed that schooling provides a solid basis for lifelong continu-
ous education and that vocational training can directly complement the knowl-
edge and skills acquired at school. In addition, the present educational system
should enhance the incorporation of times of practical training and times of
vocational training. Moasures of further vocational training should aim at in-
creased quality control and viability on the labour market. The Advisory
Council considers the activities taken in the field of vocational training, so far,
as inadequate and urges an intensification of effort.
Rapid technological change creates a need for an increased and more com-
prehensive range of training facilities as weIl as an improved information
about them. In a society in which values aro primarily conveyed through work,
all unemployed and those threatened by unemployment must have the possi-
bility to participate in further training. Furthermore, rapid technological
change makes even specialized skills of employees easily obsolete.
SkilIed workers and engineers are traditionaHy among the greatest assets of
the Austrian economy. They must keep up with latest levels oftechnology. For
this purpose the possibility to participate in further vocational training should
be given. A social model in wh ich working life is concentrated on the age
from 20 to 60 years with education and leisure before and after that J»riod is
neither sensible nor desirable.
Media Iiteracy is the prerequisite for the entry into the information and
communication society. Today information management has become a deci-
sive success factor, including market information, technical know how and
work with media and data banks. The key word of "Schools on the Network"
also applies to further training. The use of new media (computer based train-
ing, correspondence course elements) is to be intensified in the further training
system as weil.
For most occupations, a basic knowledge of computer aided work, recently
above aH the work with modem communication media ("networking liter-
acy"), has become a basic qualification. The Advisory Council considers the
comprehensive instruction of this basic knowledge in vocational training and
further training sectors an indispensable economic and educational measure: lt
is one of the decisive pre-conditions for a positive contribution of the now
communication technologies toward employment. One area of application of
new media is education by correspondence, which has become of increasing
importance. It can fulfill an important function in further training, if given the
respective framework, as it reduces problems oftime and location.
A model that concontrates education, gainful employment and leis ure time
in separate sections of the individual's life is no longer in line with employ-
ment policy requirements. In this connection the Advisory Council also rec-
ommends examination of various international models of "Job Rotation" -

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