JOB CREATION JUST AHEAD: BUILDING ADAPTABLE LOCAL LABOUR MARKETS
In co-operation with the Swedish Public Employment Service, the Swedish Ministry of Employment, SALAR- Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions and WAPES - World Association of Public Employment Services
23rd - 25th April 2014, Stockholm, Sweden
Job Creation just ahead: In the recovery, local communities can boost economic growth and sustainability by investing in a skilled workforce which is less expendable, more adaptable to change and better able to contribute to productivity growth and the creation of new jobs. In order to contribute to this agenda, employment and training organisations need to align their services effectively with local conditions and with broader local economic development strategies. 12 OECD countries are being reviewed by the OECD to understand how this can best be accomplished, while ensuring the achievement of national policy objectives. The OECD released the results of this work and some of the participating countries will highlight their experiences.
Partnerships to Support School to Work Transition: The transition from education to work is not easy for many young people, particularly when it comes to finding sustainable employment with opportunities for progression. In addition to macro-level policies, supporting youth during the critical years of transition requires place-specific, cross-sectoral responses involving different local players. At the same time, it will be important for employers, colleges and employment services to work together to ensure that young people have the right skills and accurate career guidance as to opportunities in the local economy, and access to career ladders to support employment progression. Skills utilisation in the workplace is another critical area where working closely with employers will help in terms of delivering new opportunities to young people.
Managing Transitions during the Life-Cycle: This session looked at how work organisation and pathways into work can be transformed to improve productivity and deliver better life chances for women and men. It looked at the importance of investment in family friendly workplaces (including good quality part-time work), while also looking at adult career guidance and support for people to transition into new careers later in the life-cycle (particularly those in precarious sectors or those facing redundancy). The importance of the local level in creating more effective local pathways between jobs and training for adults was explored. The issue of how to manage successful transitions towards retirement was also addressed.
14 interactive workshops reviewed experiences in the local implementation of the youth guarantee, measuring social impact; evidence based policies for tackling disadvantage, entrepreneurial education and youth entrepreneurship.
Special focus: a series of pre and post-events reviewed the latest development in understanding:
Ways to reduce school dropout rates
Links between skills, economic diversity and local development
New approaches to area-based partnerships and local governance
Ecosystems for social innovation
Brokerage as the key to unlocking the new economy
Plenary sessions, interactive workshops and the Local Initiatives Forum provided opportunities to learn from international experience, present projects and network with peers from other counties.
Participants had the opportunity to learn directly from a range of projects based in Stockholm and discussed their work with staff and service users.
Working language: English.
The 10th Annual Meeting of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Development brought together some 250 representatives from local partnerships, government officials, public employment services, local leaders, youth organisations, social entrepreneurs, business representatives, and academics.
There was no participation fee. Participants were expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.
The meeting was held in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden.
Stockholm, one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, is built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges. The historical buildings, greenery, fresh air and the proximity to the water are distinctive traits of this city.