Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)

LEED FLASH February 2013




French Minister Benoir Hamon Photo


French Minister Benoit Hamon engages with the LEED Programme

At the last LEED Directing Committee Meeting, The French Minister Benoit Hamon highlighted the importance of the Social and Solidarity Economy in tackling unemployment in France. The social economy sector employs 2.3 million people and has created 23% of all new jobs over the past 10 years. During the crisis, the social economy has shown better resilience. See the French Government’s initiative to support the further development of the social economy. Read more…




9th Annual Meeting of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance (Dublin-Kilkenny)

Localities across the OECD are confronted with the challenge of reducing high and persistent unemployment and defining new sources of economic growth, all in the context of shrinking public resources. The 9th Annual Meeting of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance, to be held on 26-27 March in Dublin and Kilkenny, will offer an opportunity to reflect on ways to support local job creation, business growth and effective policy delivery. Registration deadline: 28 February. Read more



Joint WAPES LEED conference on long-term unemployment

On February 21-22 the World Association of Public Employment Services and the US National Association of State Workforce Agencies, along with the OECD LEED Programme, are holding a conference on long-term unemployment in Washington DC. The international conference will include sessions on the “tackling long-term unemployment amongst vulnerable groups project and the local job creation review in the US.
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More and more seniors involved in entrepreneurship

There is a growing population of healthy older people with the skills, financial resources and time available to contribute to economic activity. They extend their working lives, start up new businesses and support other businesses through mentorship, coaching and investments. This policy brief examines policy actions to support and promote entrepreneurship activities by older people. Read more…


Local skills strategies in action

Skills Formation Strategies in Queensland and Apprenticeships in London show how localities can create different skills policy responses to changing employer needs. Over 60 skills formation strategies were set up by Queensland government in response to increasingly critical skill shortages and mismatches. A place and sector-based model, it focuses on demand-side elements such as good workforce management and skill utilisation. Similarly, government in London set up a city-based apprenticeship campaign to drive up the number of apprentices to counter pressing skill shortages.

Policy brief on Social Entrepreneurship

The example of Copenhagen in measuring the potential of local green growth

Copenhagen has made considerable progress towards a low carbon future and, as this report shows, this progress can be measured.
A local “green growth” indicator framework was developed from the OECD “green growth” strategy at the national level, to better reflect issues of transition that are most relevant for local areas. Read the speech of the Secretary General Angel Gurría presenting the highlights of the report and download the report

Demographic change in the Netherlands: Strategies for resilient labour markets

New ways to boost local entrepreneurship

The review series on Boosting local entrepreneurship and enterprise creation, of which this study is a part, examines the capacity of local economies to support successful new enterprise creation and the growth of small enterprises and make recommendations on how this capacity can be enhanced through local policies. In the case of Lombardy, the economically most powerful region of Italy, the review includes a specific assessment of local entrepreneurship policies against the framework of the European Union’s Small Business Act (SBA). Read more…




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Videos to present LEED work

  Did you know that there are new forms of long-term unemployment following the crisis ? Have you heard about inclusive entrepreneurship and the way to support it? Five new videos have been designed by the LEED Programme to help you to understand the new challenges that the governments and policy makers have to face today to create more and better jobs. “Inclusive entrepreneurship”; “New ways of working” or “Tackling long-term unemployment” are some examples of themes which can be viewed on the LEED Youtube channel. Read more…



22-23 March 2013, Varsovie, Pologne

Conference: Demographic transition and ageing society - Implications for local labour markets

26-27 March 2013, Dublin-Kilkenny, Ireland

9th Annual Meeting of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance

10 April 2013, Jerusalem, Israel

Seminar on the evaluation of programmes for the promotion of small and medium-sized enterprises

23 May 2013, Warsaw, Poland

Seminar on Management and Leadership skills in High-Growth Firms

8-10 July 2013, London, United Kingdom

Workshop: Knowledge-Based Entrepreneurship, the Triple Helix and Local Economic Development (London, UK) 



Cover_Report Local Job Creation (Trento - Italy)     


Local job creation - How employment and training agencies can help - The Labour Agency of the Autonomous Province of Trento (Italy)


Promoting Graduate Entrepreneurship in Tunisian Universities


Leveraging Training and Skills Development in SMEs


An Analysis of Two Canadian Urban Regions - Montreal and Winnipeg



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