Recruit potential - VET measures for Inclusive Employers

Already today several member states are experiencing labour shortages, and others are expected to meet the same challenge before 2020. Efforts that widen the potential supply of labour is needed.

We could also expect that labour shortage might put already vulnerable target groups even further from a potential job since both demand and competition for high skilled workers will escalate.

One way to meet this challenge is to strengthen an inclusive dimension in HR policies that would support both diversity, gender equality and non-discrimination on the labour market.

The project is intended to contribute to social inclusion through addressing both the development of inclusive HR-policies and recruitment processes as well as strengthening capacity at management level and HR-staff involved in the formulation and implementation of these activities. 

The underlying perspective is to address the gap between supply and demand from an employer perspective. This means that through supporting attitudes and knowledge, the project will promote that recruitment processes are more focused on the potential of applicants rather than their formal skills, education and work experience.

By an increased understanding of how these policies creates unnecessary barriers and gaps between employers and applicants, new paths to employment could be created.

The projected is intended to produce results that could be used by employers who wish to address different disadvantaged target groups such as Migrants, Disabled and Youth. Nevertheless, in its approach the effects and ambitions already pointed out will also support other groups that might suffer from an excluding labour market, also including aspects of gender equality and age.

Project facts:

The project is financed by the Erasmus+ program and is an international project with a duration of 24 months. The starting date is October 1st 2017.

Project partners:

Skellefteå kommun, Sweden (lead partner) - the municipality of Skellefteå is situated at the coast in the northern part of Sweden with a population of 72 000. In total, Skellefteå municipality (including the public companies) have more than 8000 full time employees and among these there are almost 100 different HR-related profession as well as management on all levels that are target groups for this project. 

Municipio de Lousada, Portugal - the Municipality of Lousada belongs to the district of Porto and has approximately 50 000 inhabitants that are distributed within the 25 parishes of Lousada.

Daugavpils City Council, Latvia - Daugavpils is the second largest development centre of national significance in Latvia, an important centre of socio economic development in the Baltic States near the EU Eastern border. Daugavpils City Council has around 200 employees.

Canice Consulting Limited, United Kingdom - Canice Consulting Limited (CCL) is a small, outward looking company that specialises in vocational training and innovation support for regional development initiatives, especially in relationship to enterprise education.

Stichting Business Development Friesland, the Netherlands - Business Development Friesland (BDF) is a foundation (stichting), from its origin and mission it serves the needs of the supporting the regional economy and employment. BDF supports people looking for a job or to get self-employed. BDF is involved in the Leeuwarden municipality program for people who come from a disadvantaged situation (social welfare, bankruptcy, etc.) to start their company in our incubator or find work via our network.


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The information audited: 2017-12-20