5th JS-Toolbox Project Transnational Meeting in Larisa, Greece

JSToolBoxLarisaFinal meeting of JS-Toolbox Project (METHODOLOGICAL TOOLBOX FOR DEVELOPMENT OF NEW SKILL FOR FUTURE JOBS) took place on the 30th August 2012 in the city of Larissa, Greece. The meeting was attended by members of Documenta, and by the participants from the different partner´s organisations: Folkuniversitet, promoter of the project -Sweden-, Dimitra –Greece-, Studies Staropolska Bab'ya Przemysłowo-Handlowao - Poland - and Revalento, from the Netherlands.

The meeting was also characterized by the presence of experts from the labour sectors in which each partner organization focused their Country Reports, and subsequently, their workshops, in order to create curricular/ training profiles able to accomplish nowadays needs of competencies and skills foreseen as successful in creating new jobs and improving labour market conditions in the medium and long term.

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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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