The Mutual Learning Programme organised a Learning Exchange focused on supporting the integration of young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs) on the 27th and 28th of September 2016 in Brussels (Belgium).
Hosted by Sweden, this High Level Learning Exchange brought together five European ministers responsible for labour market issues, representatives from the European Commission and independent experts.
The Learning Exchange on the use of ICT/e-services to improve employment and social security administration services took place on 3 February 2016 in London, UK, and focused on the digital delivery of employment and social security administration services in the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.
The Learning Exchange on ‘Measures to support older workers’ took place on 10 November 2015 and focused on measures and initiatives to encourage labour market participation among people aged 55 years and above in Slovenia, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK. The aim of the Learning Exchange was to foster a discussion on measures to both improve the employability of older workers and to encourage them to remain in the labour market. The Learning Exchange was hosted by the Slovenian Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities and was a follow up to the Expert Workshop on ‘Measures to address labour market segmentation’ which took place on 9 November 2015 also in Slovenia.
The Learning Exchange on ‘Minimum wages in the framework of collective bargaining systems’ took place on 11 September 2015 and involved government representatives from Germany, Italy and Norway as well as representatives from the OECD and the Low Pay Commission in the UK.
The Learning Exchange took place in Ljubljana (Slovenia) on 11 November 2014. It focused on the (mis)use of non-labour contracts to avoid Employment Protection Legislation (EPL) (civil contracts, bogus self-employment, student jobs, etc.).
The Learning Exchange took place in Dordrecht (Netherlands) on 28 October 2014. The aim of this Learning Exchange was to explore how to build capacity of the municipalities to deliver services for young people.
The Learning Exchange took place in Oslo (Norway) on 27 October 2014. It focused on eligibility criteria (e.g. requirements for job search, definition of suitable job offer, mobility requirements, binding nature of IAPs), monitoring of requirements (Job search, ALMP participation) and provisions for sanctioning (role and impact).
The importance of outreach work with unregistered, inactive young people neither in employment nor in education or training (NEETs) has been highlighted by several decisions at EU level. This includes the Council Recommendation on the development of the Youth Guarantee which highlights effective outreach work as an essential ingredient in the ‘early activation’ approach. The Recommendation encourages Member States to ‘develop outreach strategies and introduce mechanisms to identify and activate those furthest away from the labour market’.
The Learning Exchange on ‘Effects of Foreign Investment on Employment’ took place on 23 May in Ankara (Turkey).