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Bridging the skills gap for growth and job creation - the business perspective

Ongoing megatrends such as globalisation, digitalisation and demographic change have a significant impact on labour markets and businesses across Europe. 40% of European employers have difficulty in finding people with the skills they need to grow and innovate. At the same time, 70 million Europeans lack adequate reading and writing skills and even more have poor numeracy and digital skills.

How do we bridge the skills gap? How do we adapt education systems to the challenges of today? What should be done at European and national level? Together, we will attempt to answer these questions at the conference on "Bridging the skills gap for growth and job creation – business perspective". The event will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 22 March and is being jointly organised by all the major Bulgarian employers' associations. High-level representatives of employers' organisations, policy-makers and academics will discuss and share best practice in order to put forward ideas and solutions.

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Bridging the skills gap for growth and job creation - joint declaration