The Peer Review focused on the lessons learnt from the programme “Workplace with Stipend Emergency Public Works Programme” (WWS) which was introduced as a crisis measure by the Latvian public authorities in cooperation with the World Bank.
The Peer Review papers focus on two examples of measures adopted in Spain to tackle youth employment, either by encouraging young jobseekers to become self-employed or by providing incentives for employers to hire young people.
The Peer Review focused on the ‘Scheme for the Job Placement and Training of Tertiary Education Graduates’ put in place by the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA) with a view to supporting the integration of highly qualified young people into the labour market.
The Peer Review explored the practice followed by the UK Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in evaluating their labour market and employment support policies and programmes and the use of the resulting evidence to inform policy development.
The European Commission's EU framework for national Roma integration strategies was endorsed at the highest political level. European leaders meeting in Brussels backed a plan to end the centuries-old exclusion of the continent's Roma minority.
The Peer Review looked at how local economic and employment development plans can be combined to achieve successful labour market integration and business support, based on two programmes implemented in a range of Italian regions (co-funded by Structural funds).
The Peer Review presented the Employability Learning Network (ELN) in the UK, a network created to promote the sharing of experiences and good practices across local areas, providing practical guides and toolkits and keeping participants up-to-date with a fast-moving policy context.
Field social work and labour counselling carried out by not-for-profit organisations (NGOs) has developed into a generally accepted tool for combating social exclusion and long term unemployment amongst Roma. However, this cannot bring lasting change on its own. The Peer Review explored the barriers to employment faced by the Roma community, the role of the different stakeholders and effective approaches for their successful integration in the labour market.
The Peer Review looked at the so-called “four phases model” implemented by the German Public Employment Service (profiling, goal definition, selection of intervention strategy, implementation and monitoring), which provides early, systematic intervention for jobseekers, aiming to re-integrate them back into the labour market.
Short-term Working Arrangements (STWAs, also referred to as ‘partial unemployment’ or ‘temporary lay-offs’) are used by employers as a way of handling temporary work shortages and adverse trading conditions without having to resort to redundancy. The Peer Review focused on reforms of the STWA adopted in France in 2008.