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New EURES Advisers to serve European jobseekers and employers
Several times a year, staff of the public employment services throughout Europe are selected to attend week-long training sessions to become EURES Advisers. As a EURES Adviser they are expected to have a European instead of a national perspective on recruitment.
“For me, being a EURES Adviser is a vocation. It is a tough job and one that means that you must be constantly up to date, able to adapt swiftly to changes on the European labour market and be very open minded,” says Annie Vanseveren, a Senior EURES Adviser from Belgium. Annie was invited to guide the new EURES Advisers through the initial training programme, held in Brussels in May 2011.
In 2010, seven initial training sessions were held in different parts of Europe resulting in more than 130 new EURES Advisers. At the training sessions participants study the cultural and legal differences between the European countries, particularly differences in social security and taxation regulations. “As a EURES Adviser you don’t have to know everything about taxation systems in every EU Member State. That’s impossible. But you do have to be able to advise employers and jobseekers on where they can find reliable information,” explains Annie.
The public employment services in the countries talking part in EURES (the EU Member States plus Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) consist of more than 5 000 local employment offices with more than 100 000 staff, who offer various services to jobseekers and employers. EURES is an integral part of the public employment services and consists of a network of 850 EURES Advisers from all over Europe who are specialised in mobility issues in the European labour market.
For the new EURES Advisers, the training week may mean that they have to digest a lot of new information. But it also means that they have a chance to network with other EURES Advisers who they can contact if a jobseeker is looking for a job or an employer is looking for staff in a particular country. “They are now a part of the EURES family,” concludes Annie.
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Find out more about the working and living conditions in different European countries on the EURES Job Mobility Portal