“No more business as usual” for European employment services

Across Europe, consensus is emerging among key stakeholders that the delivery of support for job seekers needs to be reformed to address persistent long-term unemployment. These stakeholders include European Commission officials, elected representatives in the European Parliament, third sector organisations, non-government organisations and trade associations.

Although the general unemployment rates in Europe have declined since the 2008 economic downturn, long-term unemployment remains a persistent concern for policy makers. European Union Member State governments have recognised this challenge. They’ve adopted a recommendation on the integration of the long-term unemployed into the labour market, calling for a more integrated, personalised approach to employment support, as well as combining employment services with other social services.

To support vulnerable groups into sustainable employment, it is vital that EU Member States have robust programs in place — particularly for the youth and long-term unemployed. In fact, many stakeholders in the employment policy sphere are asking themselves how to operationalise their policies and implement effective active labour markets.

MAXIMUS is engaging in this dialogue. As an operator with decades of experience delivering frontline employment services on behalf of governments around the globe, we offer insights gained from operating workforce programs in the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Canada and Saudi Arabia. Our direct experience delivering complex schemes, such as the Work Programme and Work Choice in the U.K. and jobactive, Disability Employment Services, Community Development Program and Indigenous Employment Programs in Australia, has been distilled into a series of “putting policy into practice” white papers. These white papers cover a range of topics on delivering integrated employment services and seeking to address the questions employment service commissioners would have to ask when designing the employment services of the future.

In addition, MAXIMUS is also holding a conference on this topic:

“Designing Employment Services for the Future: Putting Policy into Practice”
Sponsored by Member of the European Parliament Ms. Sofia Ribeiro
December 7, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.
Thon Hotel EU, Brussels

The keynote address by the Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium Mr. Kris Peeters will outline the progress made to date in reducing long-term unemployment and open discussion on future challenges. Conference panelists will also discuss topics such as:

  • Who benefits from integrated employment services
  • What needs to be covered when assessing an unemployed job seeker to ensure a comprehensive plan is devised that will support the job seeker into sustainable employment
  • How to integrate skills provision into employment programs

The conference will be rounded up with a selection of case studies from regional and national level to showcase best practice in supporting unemployed job seekers.

Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Member of the European Parliament Mr. Brando Benifei
  • European Commission official Mr. Eamonn Davern
  • Professor Pedro Martins, former Secretary of State for Employment of the Government of Portugal
  • University of Portsmouth Professor Dan Finn
  • President of the Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship, European Economic and Social Committee Mr. Pavel Trantina
  • Representatives from EUROCITIES, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, and the European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public Services

The event program can be accessed here.

For more information about the conference, please contact Ania Mendrek by email or by phone at +44 7595465378.