IT TEXTILE TRAINING IN PORTUGAL PRAISED BY EUROPEAN COMMISSION

BY KEITH NUTHALL

THE EUROPEAN Commission has hailed as a model a Portuguese scheme that retrained 1,700 unemployed workers in computer, Internet and telecommunications skills after losing jobs from the country's textile and clothing sector.
Vladimir Spidla, the European Union's (EU) social affars Commissioner praised the system at a conference staged near Porto by CITEVE, a private hi-technology textiles and clothing group. The scheme had the conservative aim of helping 10% of these ex-workers to find employment by 2009, but already 40% have ...


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