JobTown 2 Approved! The JobTown project will move into a second phase as a network focused on implementation. JobTown is the only project to be approved under the Employment and Mobility priority. More info on new Urbact Implementation networks here: http://www.urbact.eu/7-new-implementation-networks-selected – More news to come soon.
‘ON TRACK’ in Bratislava. Ian Goldring gives keynote talk, based on his new publication, at the recent SALTO organised conference on youth work and young people in NEET situations. More on the conference here
Video summary of the key points:
‘ON TRACK’ – NEETs publications out! Ian Goldring’s new publication for SALTO-Youth clears up the wooly NEETs concept and moves on to what youth workers can concretely do, and what they are in fact already doing, to help young people avoid and/or get out of a NEET situation.
On Track features:
- A clarification of the (less than ideal) term ‘NEET’; it’s not actually a thing, but an umbrella term for a range of quite different causes and circumstances.
- An overview of NEET-related economic and labour market concepts, written to equip a capable but non-specialist readership with an understanding of key concepts needed for an informed discussion of the NEET phenomenon.
- Some real-world successes in helping or preventing NEET situations – described with real world practitioners in mind. Why they work, how they work and ‘DO’s & DON’T’s’ if you want to make them work for you. The selection of practices illustrates how very different actions are called for and effective, for different young people and situations, despite them all being labelled ‘NEET’.
- General recommendations aimed at youth workers and other ‘on the ground’ actors intervening in the lives of young people.
- A foreword by EUROFOUND‘s top NEET expert Massimiliano Mascherini.
Get your copy over at the SALTO-Youth website: www.salto-youth.net/ontrack/
Or in this site’s Publications sections (click tab above)
Tallinn, Estonia June 17-19, 2015 – National Agencies for the Erasmus+ programme, meet to learn what they are doing, can and should do for NEETs. ProjectWorks, represented by director Ian Goldring, supported the event by supplying some groundwork on NEET data and policy across the EU and key research findings. This participation is part of the preparation for an upcoming publication by Ian for SALTO on Youth Work and NEETs, expected in the autumn.
Highlights from the Brussels March 2015 JobTown conference, on Youth Employment – What can the EU and Local Levels Do? – a set of short video outtakes
Participants are MEPs, European Commission representatives, local politicians and stakeholders from the JobTown network.
Video overview of our recent JobTown conference in Brussels. Wonderful work by Siiri Taimla:
JobTown Final Conference, Brussels March 24th 2015 – Local Approaches to supporting Youth Employment and Opportunity – What can be done from the Local Level? What can the EU do to help? With the participation of the MEPs: Javier López, Claude Moraes, Terry Reintke, Róża Thun, Damiano Zoffoli, and the support of Richard Howitt MEP. From the European Commission: Wolfgang Streitenberger Adviser, DG Regional & Urban Policy, Ulrike Storost Team Leader – Youth Employment, DG Employment From the OECD-LEED programme: Ekaterina Travkina Speakers from the JobTown network localities: Councillor Alan Sitkin, Enfield, London, UK – Simon Miklós, Member of the Hungarian National Assembly Panel Debate Moderated by Ian Goldring, ProjectWorks Director and JobTown Lead Expert
See: Programme, Graphic Summary, Policy Recommendations for the the European Commission and Parliament
Video presentation of Key JobTown Partner Achievements:
Director Ian Goldring in Belarus and Azerbaijan June 23-27 2014, as Senior Expert for national Workshops organised by the Eastern Partnership Youth Regional Unit (Europeaid). He spoke to attendees about European Cross-Sectoral approaches to youth and employment policy, participated in roundtable activities and discussions with Belarus and Azerbaijani youth and employment policy specialists, and provided a set of recommendations to them. Below, a scene from the conference location in Minsk, and Ian’s talk in Ganja, Azerbaijan, sharing contents from the JobTown publication on Effective Approaches to Local Cooperation (Facebook page here)
Feb. 11th ProjectWorks has organised a conference, for the REALISE project and hosted by the Committee of the Regions, Brussels: “Over-qualification of Immigrants: an acute manifestation of Europe’s larger labour market failings. What to do?” – agenda and attendance info available here
Video now available of the Policy Panel discussion taking place at the Oct. 5th 2012 “Facing Youth Unemployment What can the EU and the local-regional level do together?” seminar. Participants in order of seating: Marko Curavic , Head of Unit , Entrepreneurship, DG ENTER – Felix Rohn, Programme Manager, Vocational training; Leonardo da Vinci, DG EAC – Ian Goldring, director of ProjectWorks, Lead Expert for JobTown and Moderator – Giorgio Guazzugli-Marini, Programme Manager – EU policies – Youth in Action , DG EAC – Robert Strauss Head of Unit , Employment analysis, DG EMPL
See keynote address by Nicola De Michelis, then Deputy Head of Cabinet, Cabinet Commissioner for Regional policies (now head of Unit, DG Regio), at the Sept. 5th 2012 “Facing Youth Unemployment What can the EU and the local-regional level do together?” seminar organized by the Emilia-Romagne EU office and the JobTown Urbact Network
November 22 2012: ProjectWorks director Ian Goldring gave a well received speech, presenting the JobTown network, at the NORTH LONDON STRATEGIC ALLIANCE & ACEVO NORTH LONDON JOBS SUMMIT, sharing the floor with David Miliband MP and David Lammy MP More information here
News: JobTown Urbact website is now up at http://urbact.eu/, see under ‘Networks and Cities’