The Peer Review focused on measures and policies to improve the employment prospects of older workers, drawing on the lessons learned by the participating countries and on policy measures introduced by successive Dutch governments, including measures to improve the long-term employability of workers, incentives for employers to develop age-aware human resource management policies and the implementation of a Work Ability Index (WAI).
The Peer Review discussed barriers to work for lone parents and focused on a UK pilot scheme offering the services of a dedicated, specialist lone parent adviser as well as financial incentives to encourage return to work.
The Peer Review focused on the Portuguese Professional Traineeship Programme for Young Adults. This scheme supports the integration of highly qualified young people into the labour market by complementing their existing academic qualifications with practical on-the-job experience in a company for a maximum period of 12 months.
The Peer Review focused on the Slovenian Project Learning for Young Adults (PLYA) programme. This programme supports vulnerable young adults who have dropped out of school early because of the challenges they face in their social, cultural and economic environment, using alternative pedagogical and counselling methods to reintegrate them into education, training or employment.
Across Europe, countries employ various immigration policy approaches and use different criteria to provide labour market access to immigrant workers from third countries, as well as from within the EU. The Peer Review focused on the immigration policy programme developed by Estonia to attract highly skilled migrants from third countries.
The Peer Review focused on the implementation of a roadmap for the enhancement and improvement of vocational education and training in Spain, drawing on the input of all key stakeholders in the field.
The Peer Review focused on the implementation of tailor-made training programmes in Luxembourg as well as the development of the ‘Tremplin pour l’emploi’ (‘Springboard to a job’) initiative. The discussions focused on the repercussions of the financial crisis on the motivation of employers to participate in these programmes, as well as whether these measures are able to produce satisfactory results in times of economic downturn.