AWB Next Steps

AWBRoma1At the beginning of last week on July 9th and 10th Documenta participated at the Midterm and Research & Development meeting of the European Project Age Work Balance (AWB) hosted by CIOFFS, partner of the project, in the city of Rome.

This session concluded the Research & Development activities of AWB project, planned for the study of the development of policies for the promotion of employment of long-term unemployed aged 50 and above, in urban areas. The study followed two pathways, an internal desktop research and the implementation of 5 peer review city workshops carried out in the cities of Graz, Berlin, Hamburg, Santander and Dublin.

AWB project next steps to be taken will be the development of answers on the basis of the generated information, to elaborate 5 City models + transferrable elements, 1 Strategy paper and 1 Practical recommendation guideline. These documents will comprise the results and conclusions reached throughout the Research & Development phase.

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Labour Market Age Management

LikeSuecia1In the framework of the priorities of the European agenda, arises the Like project to support the inclusion of the ageing workforce, combat the age barriers for employment, and promote the adaptability of the workforce to the rapidly changing economic and social environment.

Like project will attempt to demonstrate that the ageing workforce is a national asset that can be valued without jeopardizing economic balance. Furthermore the project aims at developing innovative business concepts related to age management processes, that will contribute to the promotion of the participation of the aged workforce on VET (Vocational Education and Training), increasing confidence and motivation and helping the 50+ re-engage in learning, while sensitizing employers to the benefit they can earn from “pushing” their older workers into vocational training.

In order to achieve this objective Like project will analyze ageing and employment trends in five partner countries: Greece, Sweden, Poland, UK (Scotland), and Spain. The project planned activities include aged workforce surveys (employed/unemployed), training modules, and awareness raising workshops and seminars addressing employers, trade unions, SMEs, aged workforce, vocational education providers, HR managers and policy makers and authorities at local, regional, national and international level.

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EM-kit.- Empowerment Kit for Immigrant Women with Low Education Level

EmKitLarisaEM-kit project started in October 2010 and it is expected to end in October 2012. The project is facing its final stage on schedule and due to partners’ commitment and collaboration, it was possible to manage to complete the stages set out in the work plan, as has been seen in the meeting held on 25 and 26 June in Larissa (Greece).

The general aim of the project is to improve accessibility to pre / vocational / professional education for immigrant women, especially those with low educational / working experience, in order to help them to enter labour market and to become more active members of society.

To achieve this we have designed a "kit of empowerment" that wants to be a complement and support for professionals involved in this work area: counsellors / trainers / mentors who work with immigrant women in different kind of organizations (Public Employment Services, NGO, vocational / professional training organizations).

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Dublin: A strong Local Employment Approach

Dublin 004On June 18th- 19th AWB partners held the last peer review of the project, dedicated to the study of local policies promoting employment of long-term unemployed aged 50 and above, in the city of Dublin.

Dublin Employment Pact organized a comprehensive peer review that gave AWB partners from the cities of Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna, Tampere, Rome, and Santander, an opportunity to clearly picture how employment policies are developed in Ireland.

The session was divided into two phases; initially the Irish government, represented by the Department of Social Protection gave an overview of the unemployment situation in Ireland, with a 14% unemployment rate. Then, they described the Irish Government Activation Policy including their pathways to work and the Public Employment Service role.

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