LEED Programme (Local Economic and Employment Development)

Presentations - 10-12 June 2009

 

Capacity building seminar for local development practitioners on
"Routes out of the Crisis – New Strategies for Skills and Employment"

Trento, Italy, 10-12 June 2009

 

DAY 1 - OPEN SESSION

The capacity building session began with a one-day seminar open to a wider audience of policymakers and practitioners involved in tackling the impact of the crisis on jobs and skills: government officers, city officials, trade unions, researchers. The seminar provided an assessment of the impact of the crisis on the labour market and discussed, using concrete examples, the value of various policy responses on the basis of three critical trade-offs.

UNDERSTANDING THE CONTEXT: THE IMPACT OF THE CRISIS ON JOBS AND SKILLS

Overview of the crisis, its impacts and responses
This session assessed the impact of the crisis on employment and skills in OECD and non-OECD countries, on both the national and local level, and review the main policy measures being put in place.
By Sylvain Giguère and Francesca Froy, OECD LEED Programme

A ‘Shared Commitment for Employment’ 

Robert Strauss, Head of Unit, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Equal Opportunities, European Commission and Chair, OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance

Reading: Communication from the Commission - A Shared Commitment for Employment (Vol 1. and Vol. 2-annexes)

THEMATIC DISCUSSION 1: INVESTING IN “WINNERS” V.S. REDUCING REDUNDANCIES

U.S. support of large employers to help mitigate major layoffs by Randall W. Eberts, President, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, U.S.

Notifying of major lay-offs - a part of the Danish flexicurity system by Kirsten Thomsen, Greater Copenhagen and Zealand Employment Region, Denmark

Helping companies to avoid making apprentices redundant by Colin Woods, Department for Employment and Learning, Deputy Principal Officer, Northern Ireland, UK

Impact of the crisis on local businesses: SME finance and responses by Cristina Martinez Fernandez, Policy Analyst, OECD LEED Programme

Italy /’Supporting the winners’ by Federico Montelli, Director, FORMAPER, Milan Chamber of Commerce, Italy

Comment by Japan by Kiichiro Yoshimura, First Secretary, Employment and Labour, Permanent Delegation of Japan to OECD

THEMATIC DISCUSSION 2: ARE “GREEN” JOBS REALLY AN ANSWER? 

 

United States by Paul Linzmeyer; Chairman of Ecolution Inc., Chairperson of the Wisconsin Council on Workforce Investment, and the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Diversity Committee, U.S.

Germany/ Bonn City by Martina Schönborn-Waldorf, Head of Regionalagentur Bonn/Rhein-Sieg, Federal City of Bonn; Economic Development Department, Germany

United States by Marcia S. Black-Watson, Deputy Director – Employers, Bureau of Workforce Transformation, Department of Energy Labor & Economic Growth, Michigan, U.S.

THEMATIC DISCUSSION 3: TARGETING THE DISADVANTAGED VS SUPPORTING THE EASY-TO- REACH

United Kingdom by Stephen Evans, Director of Skills and Youth, London Development Agency, UK together with Jenny Ross, Manager, Ingeus Centre for Policy and Research, UK

Russia by Maria Gaidar, Acting Deputy Governor, Kirov Region, Russian Federation

 

DAY 2/3 - BUILDING CAPACITIES

Two trouble-shooting session were held, discussing a concrete case study and issues emerging from it. Each of these sessions focused on an applied issue: updating the diagnostic; getting a new strategy up and running; and adapting the labour market policies to the new situation quickly. 

SESSION 1: LOCAL DATA AND STRATEGIES

PROBLEM DIAGNOSIS: This presentation reviewed the tools and methods to measure local labour market trends, identify problems, prepare a diagnostic as a basis for strategy design.
Lecture by Randall W. Eberts, President, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, US

Suggested website: www.neodashboard.org

Case study: Labour market monitoring in Øresund Region, Denmark by Jacob Løbner Pedersen, Project manager, Jobs and competences in the Øresund Region, Denmark

Suggested websites: www.brhovedstadensjaelland.dk; www.jobkom.dk; www.jobindsats.dk; www.dst.dk

SESSION 2: ADAPTING LABOUR MARKET POLICY TO SUPPORT PEOPLE AND BUSINESS

LABOUR MARKET POLICY TO SUPPORT PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES: The presentation focused on innovations in programmes providing job search and placement; education and training to better match labour supply and demand; and measures to improve access to specific groups. The presentation suggested ways to increase their efficiency during economic downturns through improved governance and greater adaptation to local conditions.
Lecture by Jenny Ross, Manager, Ingeus Centre for Policy and Research, UK

TROUBLE SHOOTING SESSION: the case of Sweden and Södertälje

SESSION 3: LOCAL RECOVERY, FROM PROJECTS TO STRATEGIES

SETTING PRIORITIES AND BUILDING AN INTEGRATED STRATEGY: This presentation focused on how to align short and long term priorities, ways and conditions for better integration between employment, skills and economic development and how to get strategies implemented.
Lecture by Francesca Froy, Policy Analyst, OECD LEED Programme

Reading: Breaking out of silos: joining up policy locally

Case study: Implementing London recovery strategy: key agencies working together by Stephen Evans, Director of Skills and Youth, London Development Agency, UK

TROUBLE SHOOTING SESSION 2

 

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