How can we stimulate employment?

The EU 2020 strategy aims to get 75% of the European workforce into employment. Flanders is even more ambitious and aims to get 76% into a job. In order to reach this target number, quite some people need to get into work from categories that are under-represented at this moment: people who are over 55 years of age, youngsters, impaired people ….

To enhance the employment rate, a whole range of measures is needed. Job-seekers, and certainly disadvantaged groups, need to get among other things training, guidance and work experience to be able to get a job. Employers need to be prepared to hire job-seekers and integrate them into the work environment through a good reception- and training policy. Moreover, one has to take care that people who have a job can stay at work by means of a modern career-  and organisation policy. In order to make careers more sustainable, measures are needed that meet the changing needs of individuals throughout their life cycle.  

What is the role of ESF Flanders in this context?

Apart from the activation of job-seekers and bringing them closer towards the labour market, ESF launches calls for proposals for organisations to ensure that their employees can keep working longer and do so in a more sustainable way. ESF hopes this way to act in a preventive way and create an answer to the low employment rate among people over 50 years of age. To this purpose, it invests in sustainable jobs throughout the whole career.
For this reason we launched the calls for proposals ‘Integrated strategic career policy’ (Call 317) and ‘Organising differently’ (Call 318) in 2015. In the framework of the call for proposals ‘Integrated strategic career policy’ 29 organisations have been working for a year to develop a modern career policy, which pays specific attention to coaching leadership.

In the call for proposals ‘Organising differently’ 31 organisations intend to design in the course of one and a half year a less complex organisation structure, which offers employees more freedom, less stress, but which nonetheless helps to reach the organisation’s targets.

The objective is that jobs within these organisations become more challenging and instructive, so that these projects become enriching, both for the employee and for the organisation. These items are monitored in greatdetail.


Wouter Verdonck

Wouter Verdonck
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